Do you think January is the worst month to have a birthday in?
Prior to the pandemic, everyone always had an excuse to be part of birthday celebrations in January. Due to the festivities over Christmas and New Year, most people blamed having no money or the bleak winter weather. Celebrating a birthday when no one is up for having any more fun after Christmas then becomes bottom of the list. Is your birthday in January? Then you can relate to this, because like me, you may soon avoid organising anything or even telling anyone it’s your birthday, as you simply don’t want to hear all the excuses.
This year will be different, as not only are we in lockdown, but there is growing concern of social mixing and a faster transmission of the virus. This suits me just fine, as I have a perfect opportunity to be innovative and view the New Year with new enthusiasm to seek out unhidden and unexpected benefits. Whether statistics tell you that January is the worst month to have a birthday in or not, you can join me in a different choice – to think outside the box. And ditch the norm. By jumpstarting the average method of goal setting to push your limitations and unleash hidden creativity by focusing on areas that have collected dust on the shelf.
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1| Don’t banish forward thinking to challenge the norm
It seems easier to stick with the old than to try something new. And before you know it you have a back burner stacked up with unfulfilled dreams, extra weight and a hum drum life. You somehow have lost the effort to change anything. How you look. Your work ethic. Even subtely creeping into your relationships. I think it’s time to stop settling. For just being average, when the possibility of more than, being good or great is absolutely achievable.
Unfasten your forward thinking skills and begin to challenge the norm. Start visualising the life you actually want.
2| Don’t be afraid of fear
At the start of a new year, everyone is talking about setting goals and creating habits to interrupt your best laid plans. Unfortunately, we usually also come up with a number of excuses or postponements. Before we know it we have a list of goals and habits that have not even been attempted due to the lack of self-discipline.
- Try writing down every fear you face.
- Is there a reason you procrastinate until tomorrow or next week?
- Start thinking about how you can work on each fear by listing what is holding you back and plan how to prevent this cycle from recurring.
Unhook yourself from that fearful feeling that creeps in by outlining how you can stop fear from holding you down.
3| Don’t be somebody who isn’t thinking
I am a curious person and sometimes that can get me into trouble. On the other hand, if you are never curious, you will always be afraid to tackle the obstacles that float into your path. We live in a world that is easly distracted and like children, we also exhibit a short attention span. Where we can slip into unproductive behaviour where we mindlessly watch television for hours on end as a means of keeping our minds occupied.
- Mindmap plans for improving our life skills such as how to overcome negative emotions like feeling afraid of the unknown, bored with your routine or frustrated with life in general.
- Be curious enough to figure out what you need to do to get out of that stuck negative circle by thinking of new changes instead of staying inside the box.
Undo the pattern of ignorance, where you miss out on tring something new and actually succeeding.
4| Don’t get trapped in your own mind so that you never break the rules
Rule breakers always manage to make innovation their best friend. I am talking about personal growth and self-development, where you are prepared to count every small triumph you make every day. You may have tried today and not quite made it. But, there is always tomorrow to start all over again. Because your hard work does not go unnoticed. It highlights where you need to improve.
- How you are working on elevating your strengths helps you identify your potential.
- Constantly pursue your passions, by making a commitment to master your skills.
- At the end of the day, week or year – look back through reflection and appreciate how you have pushed yourself to attain more than you ever could have imagined.
Untie those rules that have trapped you from discovering the small accomplishments you make each day.
Faith over fear
I love this story packed with determination by four friends who used thinking outside the box to find a way to bring their paralysed friend to Christ. When others thought there were no other option with crowds everywhere, what seemed a formidable obstacle for some, became their greatest effort. Because their faith in knowing that Christ could heal their friend was greater.
Fueled by their curiosity, they broke the rules and did not follow the norm. Removing the roof, they lowered their friend right in front of Christ. Now in the spotlight, Christ told the man to pick up his mat and walk. Where everyone got to witness these friends incredible faith and the miraculous healing of the friend they cared about. Read it for yourself! They worked backwards, turned everything upside down, breaking the normal brain conceptions, simply because they had a goal that they wanted to reach.
I doubt you will find any goal that outlines never taking risks and doing nothing as a bid to achieve your dreams. We have to take action now, because this is the time and you most certainly have the potential within you. You just have to uncover how to tap into that closed mindedness that has held you trapped for so long. Starting with not worrying about what others think about you or if you will fail. Then allow your curiosity and the choice to be different assist you to jumpstart your goal setting by thinking outside the box and changing everything you have put off working on until tomorrow.
Share your thoughts….
How will you push yourself to think outside the box and make this more than just a cliche?