A lot of people laugh at my fascination with New Years Eve. The traditional British approach to welcoming the New Year is sitting in someone’s living room with some sausage rolls, a party hat and bottle of prossecco watching the fireworks display on the BBC. Ask anyone what they are doing in advance and they will sigh and exclaim “I don’t really care about New Years Eve.” Then across social media on New Years Day are streams of posts about “how ridiculous people are to think they’re going to be any different to last year” and how “rubbish all this New Year New Me malarkey is.”
Why is there so much negativity? For me – I love the idea of opportunity, of a fresh start, of drawing a line under another year and looking back and what I have achieved and what could be next. There something about that clock chiming midnight that makes me feel like I can begin again. Get focused and push to the next level. I look over where I want to be and I set goals for the next few months to get me there. Albeit, I also tend to do this at the 1st of every month too, but that’s irrelevant for now..!
The power of positive thinking, of the unknown and “What If…?’ is so much more impactful than acceptance, negativity or putting someone down. It’s better to be positive and optimistic than immediately decide you will achieve nothing new or exciting this year – in which case, you probably won’t! I always achieve big things in January, because I tell myself that I will be different and I push myself to continually create good habits. Last year I started a new fitness programme which I completed for 8 weeks. This year my goal is to complete a 30 day blogging challenge.
Founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, Carrie Green discusses this power of positive thinking a lot in her She Means Business book – a fantastic read for any ambitious woman. Her TEDX talk “Programming Your Mind for Success” summarises her points well and is a great watch for anyone looking for positive motivation on New Year’s Day.
Throughout her journey to success, Carrie learnt to ignore the negativity of those around her, and even those created by her own mind. Every time she thought negatively about something she would tell herself out loud to stop and think about “What could happen if this goes well…”. Focus on the positive, not the negative.
So I for one, am going to ignore all the negativity based around New Years Eve and think about all of my “what if’s…?” for this year. I’m going to post on my social pages about my fresh new start, and my motivational quotes and how a new start is going to allow me to kick some ass in 2018. Let’s see who is happier by the end of January!