It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless. Please don’t lose hope because there are ways, healthier ways, for you to create your New Year Resolutions still and be able to hit every single one of them by the end of 2020.
Some people like to go big or go home. But in this case, it will probably just going to create anxiety and triggering your deep down ‘I am not good enough’ if you force yourself to the extreme. Make resolutions that you think you can keep. Example, instead of making “Going to the gym two hours a day every day” you can start with “Exercise at the gym or from home twice a week starting January (and gradually increase your goals by the following months).
One thing/behaviour at a time
Unhealthy behaviours develop over the course of time. So as healthy behaviour. So changing your old behaviours will take time. Be kind to yourself enough to give yourself the time that you deserve to develop new, healthier behaviours. One thing at a time, so you won’t overwhelm yourself in the process.
Before moving forward with building any plan, it’s critical to look back at the last year and seriously look inward. Ask yourself:
- What did I feel was a success for my career, relationship and myself?
- What did I want to achieve but didn’t? What held me back from doing that?
- Where am I not performing or showing up as my best?
- What am I and my team doing really well?
- What did I really enjoy doing, and what do I not want to do again?
- What do I need to do differently?
These questions make you look at how you and your team are performing in your business, relationships and personal life and what could be holding you back from pushing to that next level. Awareness is the first step to being able to deal with and work on those limiting beliefs.
Be kind to yourself
Don’t beat yourself up if things didn’t go according to plan. Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Just remember to self assess in a kind way, and keep moving forward.
Planning out simple, realistic incentives along the way will help encourage you to stick with your goals. If you eat healthy every day of the week, treat yourself to a movie on Friday night. The reward may keep you motivated, and you’ll feel good after having successfully stuck to your plan.
Now, let’s kick start 2020 with a bang!
Happy New Year from all of us at Hello Bali Media.