People ask me all the time what my favorite holiday is: Christmas? Thanksgiving? Birthdays? I always respond with New Years. There is something magical about 1/1 that invites and encourages new beginning. While it’s simply a new day, the first day of the first month of the year gives us all an opportunity to begin again; a do over; a do better; and a promise to focus on ALL THINGS POSITIVE - #ATP. The physical act of counting down is like a big exhale.
I haven’t made a traditional “New Years Resolution” since being a teenager. As an adult, my constant resolution is give thanks and continue to get better; continue to focus on the things that make life great; and continue to grow. #ATP
With that in mind: there is nothing like a New Years celebration. As I get older, I know there will be a time where New Years will consist of staying in the house, drinking a glass of wine, and going to bed. I get that. But right now, I just can’t see and/or imagine that. I have to celebrate. I have to do more than watch Carson Daily and count down to 1. How can one bring in the new year, sitting on the couch watching TV. Once I get to the age when the partying stops, I will invite all of our friends over w/ kids, and we will bring it in right, while the kids play themselves to sleep upstairs!
You can always tell who the Negative Nellies are in your life when New Years come around. The people that say things like “Thank God 2010 is over,” and “No more BS in 2011,” are the ones that are focusing on the negative. And me? I’m on that positive juice right now. I learned about a new concept in behavioral and professional management at a workshop called “Appreciative Inquiry.” And basically, it’s the concept of making systems and organizations work better and more efficiently by focusing on the things that work well; the things that give life to the organization…and NOT the things that are wrong. I’m all about focusing on ALL THINGS POSITIVE #ATP.
With that said…Happy New Years everyone. Focus on ATP, love, life and all of the things that make you happy. Let’s get it in 2011! Continue to grow, learn, and face your challenges with the same energy you celebrate your victories!