So it’s a new year again and I’m sure you’ve performed that yearly ritual we’ve all become accustomed to. Yes! You guessed right – New Year’s Resolutions. Those traditional decisions we make at the beginning of every year to do something or a couple of things.
But instead of deciding on what you are going to do this year, how about deciding on what you’re NOT going to do? You’ll agree with me that there are some things (habits) that you had last year that you’d like to drop in 2017 – habits that are so 2016. Let’s take a look at 4 of those habits that most of us will want to drop.
Worrying too much about other people’s opinion of you.
A wise man once said the unhappiest people in the world are those who worry about what everyone else thinks. This couldn’t be truer. But the hard truth is not everyone will like you. If everyone likes you, then you are doing something wrong. So be yourself, live your life and you’ll be a lot happier for it but “care about what other people think and you’ll always be their prisoner” – Lao Tzu
If you lived the better part of 2016 on the edge – always scrambling to beat deadlines and failing most of the time, then maybe it’s time you re-evaluate this aspect of your life and make a concrete decision to drop the habit. It’s 2017: the device you’re using to read this has become faster and more efficient and so should you. Napoleon Hill described it as “the habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what you should have been done the day before yesterday”. So if you’ve got something to do, do it now. As more often than not, ‘later’ becomes ‘never’. I’m sure 2016 taught you that.
One of the major things that holds back your creativity and success and can make you give up easily on life is self-doubt. It robs you of your confidence and kills your dreams faster than failure ever will because when you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt which will eventually crush you. In order to get rid of self-doubt, get a boost of optimism and quit the self-doubt that’s choking your potentials. Put a stop to it now and your new year will be a glorious one!
Associating with toxic people.
Toxic people are usually not aware of the negative effects they have on you so if you’re waiting or expecting them to change then you may end up being disappointed. Although it is a noble gesture to always want to see the best in people, the truth is toxic people will never be worth your energy and time. People either inspire you or drain you. The earlier you do away with the latter category, the better. So this year, don’t let toxic people rent a space in your life. Raise the rent and kick them out!
While making New Year’s Resolutions is a great idea, ensuring that your resolutions include some ‘Don’ts’ as well will help you keep track of your yearly growth. If you find yourself culpable of any one of these habits, take a decisive step towards shunning them in this New Year and you’ll be glad you did.