Ah yes, a new year has begun. Happy New Year, by the way. And with it comes the tradition of setting new year’s resolutions, that are mostly not followed through. In our western civilization, we celebrate new year’s as an ending and a new beginning. Saying goodbye to the old, welcoming the new. And while this is a healthy habit, as it has the attributes of a ritual rebirth, it is mostly swallowed in alcohol, partying and a few weeks of “this is the new me”, followed by a “back to the old”.

And the reason why so many new year’s resolutions fail is the way we go about this ritual. We don’t really take it seriously, don’t really let go of the old, and don’t really welcome the new. Because on the inside we

a) are afraid of change


b) don’t believe that things are really going to change (aka we don’t really believe in ourselves).

So this year, why not try this: Throw your new year’s resolutions out of the window and make a commitment to yourself. A commitment that will change your life not only for a few weeks, but forever: Reconnect to your true self.

Ask yourself “Who am I and what do I really want?” and allow the answer to emerge from within, with no limitations, no “buts”, no constraints. And every single day from today onward, keep asking yourself that question and then take a look at your life. Are you living a life that is true to yourself? Are you living your dreams? Do you have what you really want? And if not, how are you contributing today to living a life that is true to yourself, bringing closer what you really want?

Make a commitment to yourself, that each day you will do something to get closer to living a life true to yourself and filled with what you really want. It doesn’t matter how big or small those things are, how big or small the steps are, as long as you keep your commitment to yourself, as long as you keep doing it.

To keep up motivation try to keep a jar of your steps. Each day write down what you are doing / have done on the day to get closer to a life true to yourself and your dreams and put it in a jar. As the year progresses, you will see a jar full of steps you have taken towards a happy, fulfilled life. And the longer you keep taking those steps, the closer you will get to that lifestyle.

We wish you a happy new year, that you find yourself and your path in life, and that all your dreams come true.


Written by Kaya Krystal for Alviam.
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