I am not going to wish you all the best this year, hope that you get to spend time with your family, lecture you on not drinking too much or driving after drinking, nor am I going to ask you to take a few minutes to think about those who are less fortunate and won't be celebrating in the same way that you are this season.
I leave that advice for others to give you and for you to decide, after all you will know what is the right thing to do. I am going to ask you to do something different this year, that's all, just do something different this year to what you did last year.
That is the key for me, breaking patterns. Each year we have traditions, and traditions are great because they remind us of good times in the past. It is said that the only positive memories we have long-term are of holidays and significant events so why wouldn't we want to reinforce those?
However, when we get into these traditions, we always expect the same feelings as we had last year. And, as things change it is never the same, we sometimes feel disappointed. Things change, everything changes, so why don't you?
This holiday season I am challenging you to make a change. I'm asking you to do something that you have never done before. I'm asking you to take a risk, to step outside of your comfort zone, to go outside of tradition, to make one change in your life.
Change just one thing this season, introduce something that you have never done before, no matter what it might be. See what happens, see how you feel, see if it challenges your norm, see if it excites you. I bet it does.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Break from tradition, disrupt that neural pathway, get uncomfortable. Make a change this year and watch what happens, the unexpected I suggest.
Happy change everyone.