| Emotional BaggageBBIllustrations
Apparently, according to research, over 88% of all New Year's Resolutions fail. What about if we replace the whole tradition of New Year's Resolutions with an internal stock take. Instead of making goals (which are often the same failed goals of previous years), we could sit down and get to know ourselves better. We could do an inventory check of our existing beliefs, values, assumptions and emotional baggage, review their condition and where they originated from and lastly decide what needs to be shed, in our very own stock take sale. This idea of an internal yearly stock take sounds great but I think like achieving New Year's Resolutions, it could have a big failure rate. Even though we all know it is not healthy to hold onto emotional baggage of past hurt feelings and unresolved issues, we often can't let the baggage go. It seems to be wrapped up in our identity, the story we tell about ourselves, a bad habit which we are getting some kind of reward from. We don't like to forgive.