Welcome to 2016 everyone!! The year where big and exciting things will happen (she said hopefully!).
To my surprise this week’s poll voted on the topic “What we should all be focusing on this year”, definitely was not expecting it, but hey I always like a nice light topic to talk about. Let’s hope I can meet your expectations!
I’m assuming most of you all have New Year’s resolutions. I know the most common ones are:
- “I’m going for a walk everyday”
- “I’m signing up for the gym this year”
- “I’m cutting out dessert in my life”
- “I’m going to be more organised”
- “I’m getting my shit together this year”
We have all been guilty of these cliche new year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, we barely last a week with these new year resolutions and that is because they are so broad, they’re not specific enough.
According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, a study was done in America regarding the percentage of people who do and don’t make NYR’s. Results showed that only 8% of people are successful at achieving their resolutions. Funny thing is that 75% of people maintain their resolutions in the first week of making them. However only 46% maintain it 6 months after that.
Yes I know, never give up, always keep trying…but the key to achieving goals is to be specific. Something that I learnt in Business Management about goal setting is that they have to be S.M.A.R.T.
This stands for, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
Here is a list of things that I think we should all be focusing in 2016:
- Spreading positivity- Before you scroll passed this thinking “booringg”, give me a chance to explain. I was speaking to a friend the other day (if you’re reading this right now, thank you for your inspiration!), and she was telling me in 2015, her new years resolution was that she wanted to meet one new person everyday. So everyday wherever she would be, she would strike a conversation with a random person, asking how their day was, what they do for a living and basically talking about life. She told me by the end of the year she had 365 new friends. It blew my mind how relaxed she was to strike up a conversation with a random person. Her goal out of it was to “spread positivity”, because everybody had the right to feel worthy, like their stories were worthy.
- Being there- A lot of the times, we’re ‘there’ without ‘being there’. We’re always with friends or family, but we’re watching everything from a phone. When we’re with our friends at a restaraunt, or going for a walk, we always need to take photos, or videos and upload them instantly. We have found it so hard lately to just put our phones away for a couple of hours to enjoy the moment. Yes I know, “it didn’t happen unless there’s photos”, but that does not mean they need to be uploaded instantly, or snapchatted or anything. “Back in the days” as my mum always starts her stories, they took heaps of photos and videos, but didn’t produce them until months later. Heck, I have probably 3 big boxes of albums dedicated to just me. Capturing the moment is one thing, and living in the moment is another.
- Read More- I don’t just mean read the hunger games series, I mean actually start reading about issues in the media, from different sources, don’t just rely on one source. Read the paper, read journals, read different online media (such as the age, the journal, the herald sun, the Australian, etc). It bugs me so much when people think they can argue a certain issue by just talking off headlines they’ve seen on TV or the paper. Like, “NO! Read the actual article then come back and put your 2 cents in”. Reading how you will expand your knowledge.
- Listen more- Listen to others. I think I can safely conclude that way too many misunderstandings happened in 2015, pointless arguments broke out, ignorance was at its peak. No one wanted to listen to each other, we all thought “I’m right, they’re wrong”. A big pointless argument that broke out was the ‘halal certification’ and the anti muslim rallies that were held throughout the year. It was a never ending argument, because one side acted out too aggressively, and weren’t looking to listen to any opinions that opposed their way of thinking. Being open minded, listening to others, whether it is about a controversial topic, or even just listening to a friend when they’re feeling down is going to create a lot more peace in society.
- Be selfish/selfless- If you spent the last year being selfish, i.e. caring too much about what you want and less about others needs, then maybe it is time to start thinking about others. So give back to the community, whether it’d be from volunteering, helping a friend out, giving charity, or even going your friends way instead of your way this time.
On the other hand, if you spent a lot of time last year caring for others, and putting them as a priority before yourself, then maybe it is time to start spending a bit more time on yourself. There’s nothing wrong with pampering yourself, and making yourself happy/comfortable.
- Be Grateful- I think something we all struggle in sometimes is being grateful for what we have. Just the little things, like having the ability to go out with friends, having food on the table when you get home, having a car (even if it’s second hand and screws up on you). There are a lot of things that you have that many others wish to have. So instead of complaining about the food you just spent on, or complaining that your car is isn’t new enough, be thankful. You don’t need materials to be happy.
I’ll leave it on an even number. There you have it, first post of 2016 (Check)!
I hope this post gets your 2016 starting on a positive note, I also hope that it has inspired you in some sort of way. IF it did, then share it around and spread positive vibes everywhere!
Thank you to all those who still read my blog, and welcome to those who just started!
Keep Smiling! 😀