Renew your ambitions during the New Year holidays
I know you are in a holiday mood already and reading serious stuff is
the least focus, so let me be very brief this week and be relevant.
A significant feature during the New Year is coming together and
sharing. The moment you think of giving or receiving what comes to mind
is material gifts you can touch and feel. While it is a nice thing to
do, giving intangibles make more sense and helps people beyond the
instant happiness you get when you receive or give a material gift. Life
doesn’t end with one day’s celebrations.
Life is short. We won’t get to celebrate too many traditional New
Years such as the one next weekend. How can we make the next holiday
season a more fruitful one? How meaningfully can we spend this holiday
season to make our lives better and help others to achieve the same in
the long term?
Find time to spend with your family reflecting on ‘what went well’
and ‘what didn’t go well’ – prepare a list and ask the question why and
figure out what changes are needed to go forward to make higher
percentage of activities work as envisaged.
Such an audit will help you discover new ways of doing the same old
things for greater results and also figure out new focus areas for the
family. It can range from your career to children’s education to making
or giving up relationships. Happiness is in the hearts and minds of
people. Provide space for it.
We need new perspectives, insights, ideas and energy and motivation
and time and lots of other intangible things that cannot be bought off
the shelf. Happiness is in the hearts and minds of people not in
materials. It shouldn’t limit itself to traditional holidays or
statutory holidays. It can sometimes be found on the most ordinary of
Mondays. Sometimes it just blows in like a swallow in December.
Sometimes when you want it most you cannot have it. And sometimes you’re
up to your elbows.
The holidays do not have to remain rigidly the same, year after year.
By opening yourself up to change and letting go of traditions that have
become too difficult or expensive, you afford yourself an opportunity to
shape your holiday experience to reflect your current lifestyle and
personality and learn something for the future.
Re-unite and renew friendships
It’s what holidays are really about, the chance to properly renew
friendships and spend long-overdue time finding out what’s going on in
everyone else’s life. So a gathering of friends is always a nice
surprise to spring on someone.
The holiday season is typically a time when extended family members
spend more time together. Leaving normal routines, hectic travel, and
decreased personal space can all lead to conflict with family members
you ironically, want to enjoy.
Offer and receive feedback, exchange ideas, mentor others or be
mentored by someone who has something to offer you. There is no better
opportunity than the holiday season to interact with people with an open
mind. Enjoy doing what you like to do but also find time to try what I
I’m sure you will discover new ways of improving your life while
helping others with your new insights. This would offer sustainable
happiness compared to a gift offering instant happiness. Good balance
between the two may be a good start.
Celebrate the New Year and enjoy the holidays safely and