What is the Boldest thing you can do this coming week of the festive season? Perhaps it will be to weather the onslaught with good grace? Or to carve out some quiet space for yourself amidst the hustle? Or to manage your way through the festivities without the regret of over-indulging?
All these matter, of course. It is called the Silly Season for a reason. What might make it really Bold, though, is to try some other perspectives.
Practice saying ‘Thank-you-and-no’
Willpower gets tested most strongly at this time of the year. If there’s something you want to stick to, then start rehearsing your lines now. Choosing to limit your drinks or your food can be tough when others will want you to match their levels. Remember that your willpower reserves are strongest earlier in the day, so set expectations as early as you can and use whatever strategies are necessary later.
When groups gather, comparisons seem inevitable. Who has had a more successful year? Made more money? Got a bigger/better widget? Comparisons are killers, so a Bold approach is to steer clear of such games. You need only compare yourself with yourself. Are you happy with where you are at? Yes? Great! No? Then what are you doing about it? Even in the darkest of times, there will be something you can do or choose differently.
Every year we have to remind ourselves that this season is more than presents and food, even though those things seem to take centre stage. A Bold step is to look for the joyful moments, to create memories that will cost nothing and outlast everything. To remember who we are and what matters most. And that, most often, is people. What will you do and say, so they will know how much they matter to you? What are you grateful for, and how will you show it?
Make this holiday season one to remember, for all the right reasons. Bold reasons, Bold moves. A different approach for different outcomes.
I wish you joy. I wish you peace. I wish you comfort.