Spring is here, and yes, it feels customary to welcome new beginnings and positive change, but what does that actually mean for you and for me? It’s that time of year where you stop, take a breath and realise ‘gosh this year has flown by’! I was even reminded today that there is only 120 days until Christmas! Reflection kicks in and you analyse what you have achieved and what is to come. Spring cleaning your home is a great start to the month, but spring cleaning your lifestyle can be the fresh start you need…
…because let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions never really seem to stick!
Recently, I did ‘strengths testing’ and it helped me to define and feel more confident about my character assets. I have since moved forward with this in my personal and work life to build on my strengths and try and be a better person. Being self-aware is something we all need to work more on. Self-awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. It also helps you learn more about yourself and what you’re capable of. This can be the foundational pathway to making a ‘New Spring resolution’!
Where can we start?
- Confidence draws people in, the sharing of positivity, and certainty reinforces the feeling of community. Yes, it is easier said than done, but the more your practice, the more it comes naturally. Start with a smile.
- Having the humility to ask for help and guidance is something to be admired, and the person whose advice is sought also feels honoured and needed – this is one of the most important characteristics of a community. The act alone says, “I value you”. The decision maker and the adviser are pushed into a closer, more beneficial relationship. This can work with your partner, your kids and your work colleagues.
- The willingness to learn and have an open mind is imperative to making the most of everyday experiences, and accessing the strengths of the people around you. You’d be amazed about how much you can learn from someone if you simply give them the time of day and are generally interested.
- Goal making is a tricky thing because one can get stuck on achieving the goal when the magic lies within the journey it takes to get there. Set goals and try your very best to achieve them, but also remember to be kind to yourself; don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make the ‘deadline’ because it is most likely that the process along the way has already yielded goodness.
- Enjoy and be grateful. The more you celebrate in life, the more there is in life to celebrate. Sharing our similarities and rejoicing in our differences allows community to flow with ease and assimilation.