This is not another cliche new year, new me post. This isn’t even a post about what you should be doing and feeling this month but rather a rant on overnight divine clarity.
The anticipation of New Years often makes me feel anxious for a variety of reasons. First off, the countless commercials for gym membership promotions, food programs all in the hopes of giving you the message that with one small change you can take control of your life - health, love life etc.
While all of these are great and can provide motivation for some who are perhaps feeling down from the holidays or ready for a change, I think we may be looking at this all wrong. We know that people will either make moves and stick to them or abandon them shortly into the new year.
"Only 8% of people follow through with goals"
There is something enticing about starting a new chapter. Perhaps you visualize your new year as a new story or journal or book. Even more intriguing - we’re entering a new decade as well. I find myself sometimes overlooking planning the new year and thinking “where will I be in ten years”. With the social media boom we’ve seen in recent history, we’re all documenting our stories without even realizing it. What will your next #10yearchallenge look like?
A new book, a new hairstyle, a new outfit, a new job, a new love interest, a new healthy habit ALL sound amazing! Newness is what gets me hooked. I love the idea that no matter how many books I didn’t finish, however many relationships have failed with a capital F, however many bad outfits I’ve worn (yes there were a solid bad 5 years of photos) or however many potential healthy habits I’ve started and lost me, the promise of a new opportunity will always win me over.
The bottom line: Some of us are more goal oriented than others. The truth is, it’s incredibly difficult to focus on results when your world is out of balance. Instead of planning solid goals, let’s work together on practicing a healthy mindset. Having a healthy mindset will carry us through both our success and missteps. Practice having strategies in place to fall back on when things don’t go according to plan. This starts with how we treat ourselves. Get into the habit of changing your thoughts and language. If something goes wrong, simply say “what can I do better next time” instead of “things never work for me” and I PROMISE you’ll start to feel different!
I try not to get wrapped up in feeling like I need to accomplish goals and flip my life upside down in a year but rather use a new year to continue working toward my goals, reflecting on the “HOW” I can get there and what needs adjusting, developing and reconsideration within myself.
I can’t speak much on research or what will without a doubt work for everyone. What I do know is that written out intentions are powerful, I'm anxious and it being a brand new year isn’t going to flip that.
Promises of having a better, healthier, happy life by just subscribing or joining isn’t realistic. We need to do more with this. It's a mindset and a matter of finding out what's going to work for YOU and what YOU can do to set yourself up for success. Envision, reflect, plan how you’re going to get there and be successful then go for it.
We have an entire decade of growing and success ahead of us. It all starts here.
BRB going to get back to writing out my visions and action plans for GGH in my fresh new notebook…