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New Year’s don’t do list

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC |

Another year is just around the corner. If you’re looking for powerful self-care strategies, rather than make a lot of New Year’s resolutions, your friends at MAYES | WILSON & ASSOCIATES would like to suggest a few things you can STOP doing in 2024:

  • Don’t dwell on the past. One of our favorite sayings as group facilitators is applicable here: “Whatever happened is the only thing that could have happened.” Focus on the present.
  • Don’t pressure yourself to be perfect. To paraphrase Brené Brown, perfection is a 10-ton shield we think will protect us, when actually, all it does is stop us from taking flight.
  • Don’t overthink things. KISS (here at MWA this means Keep It Super Simple) is a great principle from the world of design that says the more complex a product or a system is, the less likely people will be to use it. The same goes for life in general, so whether at work or at home, don’t overcomplicate things.

Looking for more anti-resolutions? We like what Dani DiPirro of Positively Present has to say, and we shared some other great ideas for “don’ts” here:

Four things nonprofits should stop doing

The reason to say NO

For another angle on anti-resolutions, check out Sara’s post on rethinking our attachment to things.


Finally, don’t forget to take time for yourself this holiday season. We’ll be back with more Ripples in January.

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