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New year resolutions: New year, new mistakes


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There was an episode of Seinfeld where George discovered something that changed his life. He was at the diner with Jerry, and the waitress asked for what they wanted to eat. On the spur of the moment, he decided to order something different from his usual.

From then on, George decided always to do the exact opposite of what he would typically do. There was some logic to it. Things weren't working out for him, in terms of love or money, so why not do the opposite? And it worked: virtually instantly, he started getting attention, respect, love, and money. 

Eastern mystics talk about karma, about the laws of cause and effect. They believe that whatever happens, happens because something else caused it. So the challenge is to try and figure out the cause and tinker with it until things work right for you.

Of course, it's easier said than done. It takes more effort than doing the exact opposite of what you've always done. But that's a start.

When you consider doing the opposite of what you generally do, it opens up your horizons. You don't take for granted that there's only one way to do things – the way you have been. You don't assume you know what will work. So you are willing to try new things.

This attitude is especially helpful if you are always so concerned with making 'the right' decision. Now, you have a new goal. It is to make new mistakes.

Why so? It is impossible always to find the right answer because mistakes are inevitable. So your focus is now on making some new mistakes instead of the old ones. In other words, you can experiment and learn from your mistakes.


See also: Three mindful steps to make successful new year resolutions


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