“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie
When a New Year dawns it is already a great year – we’ve yet again been blessed with an opportunity to live and love.
And, although it seems rather cliché to say, it really is a time of year that is capable of inciting profound transformative change to mind, body and soul.
Of course while some changes in life work, others may not, but the whole point is about giving something new a go.
After all, as Einstein so wisely and poignantly pointed out, doing the same thing and expecting a different result is insanity.
So whether the changes you are contemplating in your lives this year are great or small – whether it is simply to turn your talented hand to a new hobby, curling your tongue around a new language, changing jobs or taking an entrepreneurial punt on a new venture – go hard!
It’s time to give it your best shot and don’t worry if it doesn’t work out entirely as you had planned, you will no doubt be richer for the experience.
The Metropol team is excited to embark on yet another adventurous chapter in 2020 and look forward to you joining us on this journey.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you”
There’s something addictive about success. Whether it’s kicking bad habits, forming better ones or setting our lives on the paths we aspire to.
However, we’ve talked to some highly motivated women recently who don’t set New Year’s resolutions – including Chelsea Winter in our last issue and Karen Walker in the pages ahead – which has seen me reflecting on resolutions and what they seek to accomplish.
As Physiotherapist and Pilates therapist Cath Julius points out on page 39, humans are emotional beings and goals that focus on what we want to achieve rather than how we want to feel is what lets us down in the resolution stakes.
So focus on the feelings that will result from the actions. If being able to run that 5km is going to bring you soul-fulfilling contentment; if it’s going to make you feel strong, confident and healthy and those are the feelings you seek, then I say make all the resolutions in the world.
Whether you choose to set resolutions or not, I say do whatever it is that makes you happy. Step into this New Year without baggage from the last. If it feeds your soul, do it. If it makes you want to get out of bed in the morning with a smile, carry on.
So rather than focusing on resolutions, why not use the New Year to take stock of where you are and what you want out of life? Importantly, do whatever it is that makes you feel good. Life’s too short for anything else.
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be” – Abraham Lincoln
It is the season of resolutions, but perhaps it should simply be the season for being happy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an A-type personality who can’t get through a day without having it plotted out with goals, to-do lists and calendar alerts. I’m also well aware of the positive results attained by aiming high.
But the fact is, over the past century, despite immense progress in health and wealth, human happiness has not advanced. Happiness is when your life fulfils your needs, when you feel satisfied and fulfilled. It’s a feeling of contentment.
It’s easy to think of happiness as a result… a result of working hard and accomplishing, of getting that to-do list ticked off and of succeeding at life. But perhaps we have this back to front. Shouldn’t happiness come first? After all, happiness, they say, actually makes us more productive.
We’re all familiar with the concept of glass half empty, glass half full, right? When it comes to your cup, it doesn’t matter so much whether it is half full or half empty, but rather whether you fill your own cup first.
According to Simon Sinek, putting yourself first is not selfish at all, “Quite the opposite. You must put your happiness and health first before you can be of help to anyone else.”
So in 2019 I vow to keep my standards high but my level of self-acceptance higher; to make plans and yet be okay if they occasionally fall through and to set goals, but be open to change. Most importantly, to make time for myself.