So, we are now a month into the year of 2022 and the enthusiasm that surrounds the new year and the month of January, has I’m sure for many ebbed, flowed, been reduced to a trickle and quite possibly stagnated. Stats suggest that this may be the case with around 2/3 of those who made New Year’s resolutions, having either fallen behind with a plan or given up altogether.
Only about 8% of people do actually keep their resolutions for the year, and most of them have a strategic plan, have that plan written down and shared it with another person.
I’m sure we at some point have all been in this position, and can relate to the frustration that we feel at this point, and although in many ways this is normal, things do go wrong, things happen a variety of ways that lead to us failing, the only way to entirely limit the risk of something going wrong is to only do things that are completely within our comfort zone, and even then there are no guarantees. As the saying goes, if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
If we are committed to our own personal development, then the risk of failure increases, but even in failure we have a choice, we always have a choice, we can give up and stay where we are or we can look for an opportunity to get back on track and move forward in the right direction towards our goal.
I really believe that the signs of recovery are there for us all and that 2022 will be a great time to take on a new project or piece of work or go for that promotion that show off your best qualities. So, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, and whatever stage you are at, now is a great time to re-focus and move forward towards your goals.
We’ve had too much negativity to contend with over the past two years, but I think the signs of growth and action are there to see, and that was evident with Rafa Nadal’s amazing victory at the Australian Open recently, I mean what a comeback, from two sets to love down, what a champion. The Chinese New Year also came recently, and 2022 is the year of the Tiger — meaning things will be fast-paced, and big adventures are in store. In Chinese tradition, Tigers are headstrong individuals but are loyal to family and those they care about.
The Lunar New Year is represented by three energies: Yin or Yang, one of the five elements (earth, water, fire, wood or metal) and one of the 12 zodiac animals, of which this year is the tiger.
This year is one of Yang, and it’s associated with the tiger for its active energy. Yang is an outward energy that’s positive and seen as growth. Because of the Yang Tiger, the year should be filled with productivity, drive and moving forward.
Additionally, water is the element for the New Year. It tells us to go with the flow and embrace changes as well as live in the moment, so it all points to a shifting of momentum towards action and regrowth.
During the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the midst of the shutdowns, unemployment rates skyrocketed, and the number of workers placed on furlough rocketed, however, the unemployment rate has continued to decline, job creation continues to gain momentum and new businesses are beginning to form again. These will I’m sure be followed by signs of economic slowdown, but the impressive surge is reassuring for us all.
With the added news that self-isolation restrictions and all other remaining Covid restrictions could end later this month, the trend of positivity is sure to continue.
My own experience of COVID-19, which I contracted on New Year’s Day, is one of cold/flu like symptoms and a headache for 36 hours and then nothing after, with the test showing negative on both day 6 and day 7, I personally can see no reason why self regulation, along the lines of when we have a cold and flu, can’t be introduced for us all.
Spring is a great time for us to venture out again, gain momentum both personally and professionally, a time and we can enjoy sun on our face and unleash some pent-up energy.
My local Park Run last weekend saw strong numbers running up and down the hills of Reigate’s Priory Park, I even managed to get my 11-year-old son to join me which is enough proof that things are changing for the better on its own.
So, for me, this all points towards, not only a return back to the norm, but also a great time for a fresh start, so my Top 5 Tips to make the most out of 2022 are:
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