New Year Resolutions

The start of a new year…a time to let go of what is old and a time to renew ourselves, open upto new experiences and ways of being.

At this time of the year many people make resolutions.  Personally, I prefer not to use the term ‘resolution’ as it reminds me of so many times in the past when I would have a mental list of around 8 or 10 resolutions and was lucky – if by the end of the year I’d managed to achieve even one of them!  Why?  Because, like many people, I made the mistake of relying solely on  my willpower,  as well as  keeping a lot of it in my head and having no real game plan, nor of really examining if the steps I was taking would really help me to achieve what I wanted to achieve or whether they were setting me up for failure!

For instance, I would take out a membership at a gym, attend a few sessions and then give up or let myself become easily distracted by being ‘too tired’ to go, after a hard day at work, or because of a multitude of other reasons…..does this sound familiar to you?

It took me a long time to realise  (and accept) that actually, going to the gym was not really ‘my cup of tea’.  Experience has shown and taught me that I’m more apt to stick with exercising if it is something I actually enjoy and come away from the activity exhilerated and full of energy (i.e an egyptian belly dance or bollywood style dance class) or as in the case of my once weekly pilates class – feeling stretched, graceful and serene.

Now, this was all before I got into reading a lot of self-development books and learning about things like positive affirmations,  the law of attraction, visualisation, journalling, life mapping and so much more.  This was long before I became a life coach and really got to understand the concept of goal setting.

Tomorrow, I want to share with you 10 ways to help you keep your resolutions that I recently came across.

2 thoughts on “New Year Resolutions

  1. Fortunately I too, am now of an age where I have enough life experience behind me, to have learnt not to make a ‘New Years Resolution’ in it’s conventional terms.I am merely ‘self affirming’ that I can and will continue to lose weight; to achieve my goal weight, BUT although I have a positive mental attitude about this, I am also ‘allowing’ myself to be realistic.
    I am NOT a life coach, as you know, but I have managed to teach myself a few lessons over the years and have learnt from my previous ‘over zealous’ approach.
    Can’t wait to read what you have to say tomorrow.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Rachael thank you – this is such a fantastic response! There is definitely something to be said about life experience and being able to look back on what one has learnt, knowing ones own values and beliefs/preferences to enable decisions made today or for the future.

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