Happy New Year!
How were your holidays? Did you take some time off?
I hope that you got some well-deserved rest!
Taking your foot off the gas and slowing down can be SO underrated in this day in age.
When the truth is: taking time off for breaks is one of the best things we can do to speed up. Counterintuitive I know.
This holiday period I had a great time staycationing here in Hong Kong with my family.
Being in a different environment, away from technology and simply being together in our little unit meant that we all got a proper break from everyday routines…we spent tonnes of time outside, my daughter learned to ride her bike (yay!) and we generally just hung out and veged out. Bliss!
With my batteries fully recharged I feel totally pumped and recharged for 2018.
Now we’re already 4 days into the New Year and the truth is so many of us can feel super pumped for a fabulous year and already find ourselves back to our old ways, sabotaging those new goals and feeling guilty for failing yet another year.
I want you to know: you are not alone. Just 8% of people actually DO achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.
Watch this week’s video blog to learn two things to do instead of setting New Year’s Resolutions.
Short on time? Read on for the transcript.
Happy New Year!
Wishing you a wonderful 2018.
I want to talk about New Year’s Resolutions because so many of us fall off the bandwagon.
We have great intentions of what we want to achieve in the new year. By the time you get this we’ll be a few days into the New Year and you might have already fallen off the wagon.
The truth is: you don’t have to blame yourself here.
Our minds are hard-wired to do things that are familiar.
It’s quite hard to form new habits when you haven’t done them before or you haven’t got the right motivations behind it. So here are two things that I suggest instead.
Thing #1: Set a broad brush word or intention for what this year is about for you
I’ve had a number of guiding words/intentions in previous years. It’s worked really well to keep me on track when opportunities arise when there are certain challenges that come up and I can tap back into that intention to set myself up back on track.
Last year my intention was: Self Trust and Mastery.
In 2016 my intention was surrender. I had my 3rd child and I was ready to let things be as they are. As a former control freak, it was quite a difficult one and yielded amazing awakenings and openings for me.
For you: think about what you’re guiding word or intention is going to be for this year.
I am personally playing with the words embodiment and feminine leadership.
Thing #2: Work with your mind to create the goals that are really going to matter to you
The way you can work with your mind is to start telling yourself the reason behind what you’re doing.
I’ll take the example of health because I think a lot of us set health resolutions in the New Year.
You may have a desire to lose 10 pounds, get toned and fit or become more flexible.
But the actual idea of exercising isn’t appealing. When you exercise you say things like:
This is painful
Why am I doing this to myself
It’s not worth it
You talk negatively to yourself.
If you do have that mental chatter going on during your training that you anchor back into the why.
Why are you looking to achieve that goal in the first place?
If for example, you want to lose weight when you lose weight.
This is something I did last year when I was training for Spartan.
When things were tough and I had to do the 50th burpee of the day I would say to myself “My body loves this.”
The truth was I didn’t love it. I wanted to quit. Believe you me I wanted to quit. But I wanted to be able to complete that race more than I wanted to quit. So I would tell myself “My body loves this. As I do this, every rep makes it easier and easier. I’m getting better and better at burpees every time I do it.”
Dialogue with your mind with something believable. Something that is true.
The truth does love burpees, but I personally don’t. My body loves it for the cardio benefits, strength and tone benefits and other good stuff.
So work with your mind.
If you have any questions on how to work with your mind, I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below:
What is it that you want to know about working with your mind to actually achieve your goals?
As an aside: I’m going to be talking in a couple of weeks at The New Savvy launch, talking about how to set yourself up for great habits for financial success and freedom and I’d love to know what your questions are.
That’ll help me answer your burning questions not only for the talk but for everyone who’s not in Hong Kong and can’t attend the event. If you are in Hong Kong, grab your ticket HERE.
Let me know what your questions are in the comments below.
Also, leave a comment and let me know what your guiding word/intention is and what you’re playing with. I’d love to know!
Wishing you a happy healthy and prosperous 2018!