It’s almost January as I write this post. Outside my window, the needleless corpses of redundant Christmas trees lay at the roadside waiting for the garbage collection to take them to their fate. Yep, Holiday Season seems to be reluctantly drawing to an end.
January however, can feel like the perfect time to set new goals. The freshness of a new start, a new hope, a new dream, a new year, can inspire change big-style!
Sometimes the idea of where we want to go against the challenge of every day life can knock all good intentions off course.
So if you feel you are likely to break your New Year goals, or even feel overwhelmed with what to go for first, see my simple solution below.
Less is more
So instead of trying to change everything at once or take on lots of things, why not instead go for one thing at a time? It sounds kind of obvious but a keenness to change blockbuster-style by juggling too many new goals at once can lead to dropping everything.
Instead, do only one thing for at least forty days before adding another challenge. Why 40 days? Well us Yogi’s have known for a while that it takes around 40 days to change a habit and longer to embody it. So why not view every 40 days as a chance to implement something new while continuing to cement what you have learnt already?
I feel it is easy to manifest change in bite size manageable daily goals than to go for everything at once.
I also feel it is good to know the emotional or beneficial reason for making a change. An example would be my need to quit sugar. If I was to explore the wisdom behind my choice of change I have a better chance of sticking to it. So next time you have a goal pick up a notebook, and write a few pages on what you feel is the reason. Not just the obvious reasons, but also why for you this is a good choice. Let the words flow like no one is watching. I find this helps me to stick with the goal. So when I am feeling life is lacking in sweetness, instead of reaching for the sugar I think of what I am grateful for and get my desert through enjoying life.
So in short:
- Pick one goal at a time and do it for at least 40 days before taking on a new goal.
- Know the reason why you have chosen the goal.
- Be proud of yourself for going for a new goal.
- If you break your new habit, just start again!
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
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