"Happy New Year!"
That's what we say this time of year. Some of us really mean it. Most of us just kind of say it on auto-pilot like the late December version of "How are you?" Regardless, it's what we say. We don't sorrowfully whisper "Sorry to hear about your year ending" to the cashier at the grocery store as we gather our bags and head toward the exit. No. We say "Happy New Year!" We don't organize a metaphorical funeral procession for the old year that is nearing it's demise. Nope. We throw a party and celebrate the birth of a New Year! "Happy New Year!"
I don't know if we all realize it or not but there is a tremendous amount of hope effortlessly falling from our lips right now. That phrase alone is a declaration that the next 12 months are at the very least going to be "happy." It's ingrained in our culture to greet these next few weeks with optimism and expectancy. Unfortunately, most of us never figure out how to capitalize on this annual opportunity for positive growth. We have however mastered the art of the February face plant... tripping into most new years over failed resolutions. If we really want to make some changes this year, we need to purposefully step into 2018 as "a new beginning" instead of falling in as just "another attempt."