Monday, 28 December 2015

New Beginnings

It’s at this time of year when people think about new beginnings. With the new year just around the corner, there’s a certain neatness to sitting back and reviewing what has been achieved over the last twelve months and making plans about what to do over the coming year.

But while the first day of the first month of a new year has a freshness to it, it’s not the only time of year for new beginnings.

New beginnings are all about making a decision … a decision to do something positive, constructive or new. That’s the important point about a new beginning. Making the decision. Any new day can become a new start, or the start of a new regime.

So, if you feel under pressure to come up with some New Year resolutions (particularly writing related ones) and nothing comes to mind (or rather, nothing that fires you up with enthusiasm) then don’t force yourself to come up with a resolution or two. If they’re not really what you want to do then you will fail, because your heart isn’t in them. Take time to think about what you want to achieve.

And if that means your new beginning doesn’t start until 5th January then that’s okay. The important point is that you’ve found the new beginning that’s right for you. It doesn’t matter if your new beginning starts on a neat date, like 1st January, or any other date, such as 5th January or even the 29th December. What’s more important is that you’ve made the decision. The right decision. The date isn't really important at all.

Happy New Year.

Good luck.


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  1. I was just thinking about this very subject, Simon! It can be so inspiring and exciting writing down what you want to achieve with your writing in the coming year.

    1. Good luck with all of your goals for 2016!

  2. I agree, Simon.

    Most of us will take some time this week to look back on what we've achieved in the calendar year just ending.

    But I don't like to divide life into neat 12-month compartments. I tend to think I can make a resolution at any time of year. The important thing is to then act on it.

    1. That's right. I've just seen a cartoon on Facebook where someone says," What will 2016 bring?" to which someone else replies with "366 new opportunities."

  3. I like this time of year for looking back at successes, but also things that didn't go so well. It doesn't mean they can't be rejigged into a new plan though does it?
    Best wishes with all your hopes and dreams for 2016 Simon.

  4. Sometimes we just need a little flexibility, or looking at the sticking point in another way to get around it. So lost of opportunities for those new beginnings you mention, Simon.

    Thanks for all the inspiration you've given me, and have a Happy New Year.