It’s coming to the end of another year and many of us will think about our New Year’s Resolutions soon. We will decide what it is we want and how we are going to get it, then come January 1st it’s all go, go, go.
This year I have a different approach for you all. Think about what it is you want to change, think about the promises you want to make for yourself. Write them down, imagine them and pretend they are real. Feels great right?
Now I want you to choose just one of your resolutions and I want you to write down or think of 5 actions that will help you achieve these. For example, you want to lose 6kg by May. 5 actions could be:
- Go to the gym/exercise 3 days a week.
- Cut out chocolate 6 days a week.
- Eat more vegetables.
- Buy a dress a size smaller.
- Take a picture of yourself as you are now for your before and after photo.
Now, notice that all of these are actions. They all require your doing. Now instead of picking the easiest one and doing it and then ignoring the rest I want you to pick a day, this week, and commit yourself to taking action on this chosen day toward your goals, using at least 3 of your ‘harder’ actions. For example, on Thursday you could commit to the following:
- No chocolate after 3pm.
- Each meal must include a vegetable of some sort.
- You will walk up the escalator on the way to work.
That is it. That is all you have to commit to. Just one day. If you find it easy perhaps add in the action of taking that picture of yourself, or browse dresses online and see what you would like to buy. Then don’t force yourself to do anything else until the following week….unless, you want to. Know that the other days you put in extra work are optional, if you do an extra day the first week but not the second then that is OK! But, on that one day you have promised to yourself, you must stay committed to your goals.
There are less than 4 weeks left of this year which means that by the time we meet January 1st, you will have already been working on your Resolutions for 3 weeks. You will already be prepared. You will be on your way! This will help you to feel organised and motivated because you won’t be starting everything from scratch and it will feel good to continue your efforts.
Another quick example just to explore different goals is the idea that perhaps you want a new career, perhaps you want to earn more money or bag an interview with a dream company or even start your own business. 5 actions could be as follows:
- Write down what you would like to be doing and where clearly and in detail.
- Research 10 companies that you would like to work for and find a contact name of a senior person relevant to the role for each.
- Write a list of qualities and skills you have and where you see yourself in 10 years
- Write a letter explaining who you are, what you want to do in your career and why you are good at it.
- Go to work imagining you have your dream role, dress the part, talk the part and put in the same effort you would if you had it already.
There, 5 actions. They may seem big or small to you, but either way, they are 5 actions that will get you moving forward. Pick one day and again choose 3 of those. For example, on Wednesday you will:
- Write down what you would like to be doing and where, as listed above.
- Choose an outfit for work tomorrow that makes you feel worthy of this new role. You want to feel empowered and successful so choose an outfit that will help with this.
- Research one company, find out who to contact (choose someone senior that has influence in the business) and put it in to a document on your computer so you an add to it the week after with more companies.
This is me stripping it down to the bare minimum. Any extra work you want to do is great but the idea is that we don’t want any of it to seem daunting. Get your body into the beginning of a habit, a habit that will move you towards your goals in a realistic and sustainable manner.
Let’s start our New Year’s Resolutions in preparation for the New Year, so that we can potentially spend January 1st recovering from the celebrations and with a restful mindset knowing that you are on your way!
Onwards we go Pride!