Friday, January 07, 2022

Tiny changes over time can produce significant results and it’s not rocket science.

2022 has arrived. It sounds like something from science fiction when you actually say the number.

We’re not, however, wearing spandex spacesuits and enjoying intergalactic travel while popping a pill for our meals just yet, like the old TV shows suggested we might be by now.  Still, technology marches ahead and we are certainly making amazing advances in many fields all of the time.

As we enter this new year, what will we all be facing? Is the Covid-19 virus finally going to meet its match? Professor Luke O’Neill, that pleasant and positive chap we see on the box a lot, is confident. In fairness to him, he’s been optimistic from the beginning unlike many others.

Our Taoiseach also believes we’ve great grounds to be hopeful of much better things ahead.  Mind you, I suppose he would say that.

Micheál Martin predicts “a new horizon” as we strive to battle the pandemic. It’s so much better than some of the horrible portends of doom and gloom we see online.

I had not heard of the woman until recently, but apparently a Bulgarian mystic, long since deceased, predicted some rough terrain ahead for the world. Baba Vanga, blind since she was 12, reportedly predicted 9/11, Brexit, Chernobyl and the death of Princess Diana. She died in the 90s but had lots to say while alive and it appears that included 2022.

Professor Luke won’t like this one. She predicted another pandemic, originating in Siberia, caused by a frozen virus. Water shortages, famine in India and the big one, an asteroid will strike earth. This will have been sent by aliens and it will, by all accounts, be catastrophic. Heavy stuff indeed.

There’s more to come into the future but I might bum out your day with any more revelations. Mind you we have heard a lot of this before and Nostradamus more or less cornered the market on dire prognostications long before dear old Baba Vanga. I wonder was she a fan of his?  I’m not saying she’s wrong but apparently her strike rate in terms of accuracy is 85 per cent, plenty of room for error.

Closer to home though, we can’t overlook our Irish source of predictions for so many years, Old Moore’s Almanac. This famed tome has been published now for 258 years and it’s always hugely interesting to take a gander at.

Given to us originally by one Theophilus Moore, a teacher from County Offaly, who used to put together his predictions for the upcoming year while including information like the times of the tides. It might cool your ardour to know, however, that a lot of their 2021 predictions were wide of the mark. Mayo to win the All-Ireland Football crown? Need I say more.

For your amusement, the good folk at the Almanac reckon that in 2022, pugilist and whiskey baron Conor McGregor will enter politics, France will scoop the Six Nations in rugby and a female Taoiseach is on the horizon.

Not to be too harsh on Old Moore’s crew, they did get some stuff spot on as in the record summer temperatures in Europe and the break-up of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. Wow, who would ever predict a celebrity couple breaking up? Worryingly, there’s an earthquake on the way here in Ireland but seemingly a small one so no need to panic. It’s a bit of craic to look at these but I suspect nobody will get in a lather.

What though of the things we can do to make our own predictions happen? More importantly, rather than stew over what we can’t control, would it not suit us all better to predict that our own 12 months ahead will be stress free? Where possible, maybe if I use my time a tad more wisely than I did last year, maybe I could allocate just a wee bit more for exercising? Getting a head start on what I’ve put off for ages, make some headway on that pile of books I’ve been threatening to get near.

I predict that if I just make a few small adjustments on a weekly or monthly basis, by end of the year, I would be in far better shape financially for example.

Tiny changes over time can produce significant results and it’s not rocket science. Two hours less telly watching per week might seem trivial and a drop in a bucket but over the entire year, that would give you a whopping 104 hours to re-assign for whatever you deem worthy of it. Saying I just don’t have enough time is all a matter of shifting priorities surely?

For me, the hardest thing about any endeavour is starting. Look at what I have to sacrifice. The effort, the pain.  Weight loss looks hopeless at the outset. It’s like you are staring down a tunnel with no light in sight, only hardship, self-denial and hurt.

What if you just took the long-range approach?  Baby steps, little changes, a nice gentle beginning, slow and steady. Some new runners perhaps and a short walk a couple of evenings a week. Maybe just a few minutes in the morning.

As the habit develops over weeks, suddenly you’ll find you not only are able to do a little more, you will actually want to.

Never mind weighing scales or tangible results for the time being. Just enjoy the process and visualise yourself making progress.  Imagine where you could be after six months or a year?  And essentially it has been no real hardship. The good news is it’s totally in your hands and you don’t need a guru or a club or a support group. It’s all down to you and you can be as flexible as you like.  You can apply this approach to anything at all in life that you want to achieve.

I predict a fantastic year for you. Allow yourself the chance and give yourself permission to have a go. 2022 is up for grabs. Don’t let it pass you by. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year.

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