At midnight on 31 Dec a flurry of resolutions are made… Resolutions to get fit, stop smoking, start meditating, change jobs, buy the dream home, learn a language, take a trip, clean out the linen cupboard… People determined to make some change or establish a new habit that will improve life for the year ahead.
There’s no doubt about it, New Year’s Eve resolutions are inspiring. They are full of promise of a better life, and are made with the passion and commitment that only fireworks, friends and too much champagne can inspire… They also very rarely get off the ground, let alone accomplished. Passion and enthusiasm for change needs to be supported by a good dose of systematic planning, and let’s face it, when you’re in the middle of the Christmas holidays, methodical planning is the last thing you want to do! By the time January draws to a close and routines return to normal, the passion for the resolution has passed, enthusiasm waned, and that inspiring New Year’s Eve resolution has been lost in the bottom of the sock draw.
So, if New Year’s Eve isn’t the best time to make a resolution and get moving on it, when is? NOW! 10 weeks BEFORE the new year begins.
10 weeks is a good amount of time to write a clear statement of your goal, identify the key steps you need to do to make your goal a reality, and work systematically through the actions required.
For example, if learning meditation is on your resolution wish-list, download an app to your phone and start practicing your meditation this week. By Christmas you’ll have established the new habit and be floating blissfully through the stress of the silly season with a new skill under your belt and a great sense of accomplishment.
Want to loose a few kilos and improve your fitness? If you spend this week putting an exercise and nutrition plan in place (joining a gym, buying a new pair of joggers, cleaning the crap out of your pantry, writing a meal plan) and start your program next Monday, in 10 weeks time, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your fitness goals and be (much more) trim, taut and terrific for the start of 2014.
So, if you have a project, a change, or new skill you’ve been considering taking up, don’t wait until January… make a commitment to start it today, and by the time New Year’s Eve comes around, you’ll be able to raise a glass of champagne at midnight and celebrate what you’ve achieved on your goal as well as the exciting opportunities a new year brings!
If you’d like some support with your goals and someone to keep you accountable and on track, give Davina a call on 0413137713 and we can talk about a coaching program tailored to you.
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The kids are back in school today, and I’m settling back into my term-time routine. What a fabulous 2 weeks I’ve had. For the first time in 13 years I’ve had no September work commitments and I was able to step away from my desk and email completely. Along with lots of beach time, playdates, movies and hanging out in PJs until noon, the kids and I went camping in the Glenworth Valley… it was a picture perfect spot where the kids could roam free, pat horses, climb trees and walk in clear streams. After just 4 days (and despite sleeping on an airbed!), I felt refreshed, centred and totally relaxed! The experience has reminded me how valuable stepping away from work, routines and out of your regular space is for recharging the batteries.
The pictures I’ve posted in this blog capture the tranquility and sense of peace I felt on this short camping holiday beautifully. I have a copies stuck to the wall above my desk…..and when things start getting a bit frazzled and out of whack in the lead up to Christmas (as they invariably will), I know that a quick glance at the pictures will take me to that happy place and help centre me again. It’s amazing how well it works… a little bit of magic!
You might like to find your own symbol of ‘happy’ and enjoy the magic it creates.