At regular intervals in our lives, we need to have the humility to acknowledge the things that are no longer working.
These are sometimes hard to see and may take someone else, speaking with love, empathy and kindness to point them out to us.
Habits, strategies, work, friendships and relationships work for a while. They may be new and innovative when we first discover them, but over time, all things must adapt, grow and change.
This renewal and evolution is good and necessary, but can be painful if we can’t let go of things in the past.
Over the last few months, I’ve discovered that my strategies for studying weren’t working, having a week’s worth of blog posts prepared wasn’t working and ignoring my anxiety wasn’t working.
At first, I was in denial. But over time, and thanks to many friends and loved ones who’ve helped me along the way, I’ve come to see the things that were no longer working.
Only when we humbly acknowledge this can we press ‘Reset’ and start again.
What needs to be stopped?
What can be adapted and changed?
What new opportunities are there?
The turn of the year is a good time to reflect on these things.