To me, the new year has always been special. A time to put behind us things that we don’t want this year and an opportunity to set intentions on where we would like to go and what we would like to see.
I fully appreciate many don’t do the whole resolution thing – and let’s be honest – the ones who do make them, probably end up breaking them just as quickly. But let’s not be hard on ourselves. Let’s look to the fun of what good a new year can bring!
First take a moment to sit and reflect over the last year…. What did you achieve; what are you grateful for from 2016, and what things didn’t quite work out for you?
Here you are at the beginning of a year. If I told you you could have anything you want this year, what would you write down? Be brave, be bold, have some fun, and let go of all those inhibitions, all the voices in your head that tell you you can’t have what you want. Just let that pen write….
For some of you, this may be an easy exercise; for some, it may be more difficult. I have spoken about having resistance in a previous blog, but for those who struggle with this, let it be a sign that you could be holding on a little too tight. You may not think that you are, but I promise resistance is what prevents things from flowing.
• Just start with 3 things, 3 things you would like to achieve from this year for yourself. Once you have them written down, see if you can set a timeline for each of them. Be realistic and mark down the time next to each one.
• Now I want you to write a brief outline of how you will feel once you have written them. Imagine today is the day you have achieved your goals. How happy are you and what emotions are welling up inside you? The emotional side of goal setting is very important because it makes it real and turns it into energy as opposed to just a goal or desire.
• The last thing to do is to aim to act as if you have already achieved this goal, really bring it to life now. I know for some goals, that can be a little challenging, but give it a try. Even if it is just for 15 minutes every day. Talk to yourself and act as if you have already accomplished it. Pay attention to how it makes you feel. That should help to drive you forward to ensuring you get what you want.
The main thing is to have fun; make it happy, and surround yourself with joy. If it’s a new job, know you deserve it; if it’s to find the love of your life, know you are worthy of it. And if you want to get more healthy, know you can make a start by drinking 2 liters of water a day and going for a 30-minute walk 3 times a week.
Go small! Don’t make the mountain too big for yourself to climb. Most of all, if you have a bad day or feel like one of your goals is slipping, just take a breath and revisit how you will feel when you have it.
I am here for you if you need some encouragement or support. Don’t feel you have go it alone; having someone to make you accountable will make the world of difference.
So, good luck, and here’s to a great year ahead.
Sending you all magic, wishes and the strength to make change happen!