Happy New Year

January 1, 2012

By Joyce Odidison

January 1, 2012

By Joyce Odidison

Happy New Year

The Holidays are over

I want to take you on a “Journey with Joyce” for a Happy New Year

Well the holidays are over and it’s the time where we wish each other a happy New Year. Have you ever stopped to wonder what happy New Year wishes are about? Why should I care if someone wishes me a happy New Year? What does it matter? Does it matter if they don’t send me happy wishes? Well I did some research and found that Happy New Year wishes began between 700 and 2000 BC with the civilized Babylonians who started celebrating the New Year. They observed it as a way to signify a cleansing and renewal. Apparently the act of wishing others a Happy New Year ensured that you too are guaranteed of having a happy New Year.

Out with the old and in with the new. This got me thinking! What if we actually did that, end all the bad habits, negative thoughts anger and upset we hold towards others, forgave all those who trespassed against us and began this year with a clean slate? Can you imagine? Well a client of mine wants to have all debts forgiven or wiped clean off his credit cards. I know many people would like that. If it is true that everything began with a thought, so here is my thought. Can I encourage you to begin 2012 with a fresh new perspective?

Are there things you wanted done in 2011 that you didn’t get done? Are there things you want to get done in 2012? Well it’s a new year and you have no obstacles yet except the ones you will give birth to in your thoughts. So how about not letting any negative thoughts and ideas room to grow? What I do is tell myself this is not a thought that can serve me well. I also practice replacing that thought.


Can you challenge yourself to banish limiting beliefs and thoughts in 2012? What if you could really have all that you wanted and it really is just you standing in your way? What can you do for yourself this year?

Coaching Exercises

Write down on a piece of paper all the things you want to achieve this year

Write down next to each of these what you feeling when you imagine achieve your desire

Keep this list with you and recall that feeling for the first 6 months of 2012

Have a happy New Year!!


About the author

Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, thought leader, and the world’s leading expert on the Wellness Competency Alignment concept to improve and measure wellness behaviours in organizations. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. for over 25. She is Founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit and What’s Happening at Work podcast. Joyce is the author of six books. She has Founded and leads Coach Velocity School of Coaching, an approved program by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is the Publisher of Faces of Workplace Wellness Magazine. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and corporate trainer driving inclusive workplace wellness strategies for organizations globally. She can be reached at phone 1 877 999-9591 www.interpersonalwellness.com

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