It is traditional in our culture to make new year’s resolutions which we are supposed to start from the 1st of January. We see people every year making a commitment to do certain things with their life and by the time we’ve hit February most thoughts of achieving the things we sought to do have gone completely out of the window.
Why is it then that we repeatedly make the effort to come up with a list of things we wish to do differently in our lives, when we know from experience that we are unlikely to meet the challenges we have set for ourselves?
It is human nature to want to grow and change. We see the way we would like to be in the world and strive to act this out. The problem with trying to do this at the beginning of January is that naturally our energy levels are at an all time low. We don’t have the reserves, or the drive to start new projects and to see them through at this time of year.
So how can you make new year’s resolutions and set yourself up to achieve your goals?
Start small and get yourself a plan. There may be a number of things that you would like to achieve in 2016 but trying to do them all at once will more than likely lead to you giving up in the first few weeks. Set yourself a series of small challenges which all work towards you achieving your bigger goals. Remember, start really small. The smaller the first challenge the more likely you will be to achieve it, and then come February when our energy starts to pick up a little you can start your next mini-challenge which might be a little more taxing.
I for example have decided that after a few stressful years that I need to get my health back on track, reduce my stress levels, and develop my business to make it more sustainable. I also want to do some volunteering and charity work to help the environment. I know I’m not in a place to be tackling all of those things at once, and I recognise that they are all goals that will be a work in progress for the rest of the year.
I’ve decided to start really small; I did a 10 day detox in the run up to the festive season which I really enjoyed and definitely saw the benefits of health-wise so I have decided to do another 10 day challenge starting today. This is something I have already done previously and know that I can achieve. I did all the research for it and the preparation last time so it will be even easier to do this time round and not too taxing for my current energy levels. As part of the detox I am abstaining from alcohol, and have seen so many adverts for the Dryathlon in aid of Cancer Research it got me to thinking maybe I could do the same but donate funds raised to an environmental charity. So already I have started to work towards achieving a couple of things on my list but without overwhelming myself with a huge great challenge. When February comes around I will already have set myself up for my next challenge and will keep setting myself new mini-goals throughout the year.
When you work in this way with a number of small challenges spread throughout the year New Year’s Resolutions suddenly become achievable.
Good luck with your resolution setting and achieving.
Wishing you all the best for 2016