4 things I’m not going to carry with me through the New Year

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We are entering the holiday season of the year. Starting from Halloween to the New Year’s Eve, its that time of the year when families get together and people enter the festive mood. Along with the festive mood comes a task that everyone takes over — the task to set some resolutions to follow for the next year. Some plan to adopt a healthy lifestyle, while some take an oath to start their personal blog, which they had also resolved to start the last year and the year before that as well.

And, just like you I’ve also pretty excited to plan my list of New Year Resolutions. But before creating that list, I want to go for creating another list. This list is going to be of the things or the habits that I intend to leave behind with the passing 2017.

So, here it is. Take a look and see if you can relate to them or would you like to leave them behind as well.

1. Being too agreeable

There are two types of people. First are the ones who have an opinion about things. The second are the ones who tend to agree with what the other person is saying, without putting their own mind to understand the scenario. Sadly I fall into the second category.

Though I’ve been fortunate enough to survive as a manager throughout these years, I know that I need to stop being too agreeable to everything. I need to have an opinion. It’s okay to agree with things that you like, but you cannot agree to everyone’s point of view. And, if you want to survive in life you need to let other people know your opinion. So, the first thing I’m going to leave with the passing year is this habit of always being too agreeable to everything, and everyone.

2. Trying to do everything on my own

I have this bad habit of not asking for help, even when I’m running short of ideas. Though being a manager I have the luxury of having a team at disposal to help me strategize, plan, and take on projects. But I resort to it only during dire consequences.

This is the one habit that has troubled quite a lot, especially during the last one year. Besides, trying to do everything on my leaves me always with more than what I can handle on my platter. And, this has caused me to get stuck in unavoidable circumstance many a time.

3. Regret of failures

Professional life is all about succeeding and failing. It is inevitable that if you have succeeded at something, at some point you are going to face failure as well. The sooner you accept it, the better it is. Though I have accepted the fact that failures are inevitable, there is this one thing that I’ve not been able to cope up with — the regret of having failed.

I’ve always been someone who has aced every exam in life. And, whenever I failed it has been nerve-wracking for me. It usually takes me days to overcome the fact that I failed to achieve something that I tried for, whether it was a big project or a small task. But, this regret has started to cause a lot of stress. Sometimes I cannot even sleep for nights, which puts a bad impact on my work for the next day.

4. Not taking care of my health

In today’s hectic working schedule it is quite common to get ingested in work so much that you forget to take care of your health, physical as well as mental. The story for the past one year has been such for me. I had enrolled in a gym, but could not continue because I always preferred work over my physical health.

However, the results of this poor choice have started to show. I am in my worst physical shape till date. I have gotten into the bad habit of stress-eating. And, many other small health problems. But at this age I cannot afford to lead a life like this.

In fact, I’m not going to wait for the next year for this. I’ve already joined a fitness club last week. So, I’m already set to leave some of the pounds that I’ve gained in 2017 behind!

Final thoughts

This just a few of the things that are currently on my mind. However, I’m sure there will plenty more on the way as the year progresses. But one thing is for sure. And, that is I’m not going to give up on these things just like everyone does with their New Year’s Resolution list.

For me this is not just a list. This is a journey that I’m going to start as we begin the New Year 2018.

I am sure many of you reading this post will also have your plans to create a list of new things to embrace during the coming year. And, many of you would also have a similar goal to give up on certain things. If you have any share with me in the comments section. I’d love to hear about them!


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Vartika Kashyap runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. She is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2016 & 2017. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.

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