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Take on a New Approach to 2015

05 January 2015
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"All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.”Steven Spielberg

By now the parties and celebrations have died down a bit and it’s starting to sink in that it’s 2015 – 15 years into the new millennium and 5 years away from 2020; where movies showing the far away future used to be set.

With a new year comes many new resolutions and goals, but we’re not going to tell you what the best resolutions to make are this year. Instead, we want you to reflect on 2014 so that you can work towards some realistic goals that are for nobody else but yourself. Having a look back over the past year will help you to appreciate the good and bad things you experienced in 2014 – whether they were an accomplishment or a lesson well learnt.

Let’s take a look at some tips on how to reflect on the past year.

Take a Moment to Reflect

There are many advice columns out there that recommend that you take 5 – 10 minutes out of your day simply to reflect on your day and perhaps even meditate a bit; even if it’s just to gather your thoughts and de-stress. Seeing that this is really good for you, we thought we should give you some tips on how to reflect on the past year so that you can approach 2015 with happiness, no regrets and aspirations.

Look at your top successes.What did you achieve in 2014 that you’re the most proud of or happy about? It doesn’t have to be something as big as getting married or getting promoted; it can be anything that truly made you feel successful. Maybe you learnt how to successfully cook a three course meal, or your boss congratulated you on a campaign you worked really hard on.

Look at what you failed at.We know this might not be the nicest thing to revisit – whether you reflect on a failed relationship or a deal that didn’t go through at work. However, there can always be a lesson learnt from something that doesn’t go as planned or the way you hoped it would go. This brings us to our next point.

Improve on aspects of your life that you weren’t happy with in 2014.As mentioned above, the only way you’re going to be able to enter the new year with a new approach is to also look back at your failures. Write them down and then write down what you want to do better this year in order to improve on them. If you went through a break-up, find ways on healing; if you had a bad experience at work, start the new year off by apologising and getting back on track. This year, you should also even strive to improve on last year’s successes.

Tell the people who mean something to you that you love them.If you went through last year not telling your significant other, family and friends that you love them often, try to pick up this habit in 2015. Everybody loves to hear that they’re loved and life it too short to not tell someone you love them.

Start 2015 without any grudges.It may be easier said than done for some people, but in the end, holding a grudge against someone just ends up making you unhappy while the other person goes on with their life. Reflect on any grudges you held last year and try to reason through them and let go of them. You will definitely end up feeling like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

Be Realistic with your Goals

We don’t want to tell you that you should set 10 or 20 goals for this year; we want to tell you to rather set one or two realistic goals. That way you can spend more time on each goal which will give you a better chance of achieving it. Instead of making a goal of losing 10kg, rather focus on losing 5kg this year. If you’re aiming at getting a promotion, don’t make the promotion your goal. Rather work extra hard and make it your goal for your employer to notice.

In conclusion, welcome to 2015, your year of being happy and stress-free; and reflecting on your experiences over the past year. We hope all of our loyal customers have the best year ahead of them.

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