Apparently 17th January is the most common date to give up on your New Years Resolutions, it's now being called Ditch New Years Resolution Day. How are you doing with your New Years Resolutions? Still doing them and enjoying them, have you ditched them or like me you didn't even make any.
At the end of 2013 I was so looking forward to 2014, 2013 had been an amazing year but I was ready to move forward onto the next stage of my journey.
So it's now 2014 and I have been ploughing full speed ahead with all of my plans for the new year and I am on target to achieve everything I set out to do this 2014.......
In all of the excitement of the New Year I'd forgotten to plan ok, ok I avoided planning. Let's be honest, it's boring. Who wants to sit down and plan what you need to do to reach your goals or to stick with your New Years Resolutions.
I know I'd prefer to just do it, but what I've realised, is that if you don't plan you waste so much time going round in circles because you don't know what you need to do to reach and surpass your goal/goals.
So it got to 2nd, 3rd, 4th January and now it's the 21st February and I realise that I have no idea what I am doing? No idea what I'm aiming for and no idea what I need to do to get to where I don't know where I want to be, if you catch my drift.
The only thing I do know is that I want this year to be amazing.
It's never too late to decide on some new goals or rethink your current goals. What can we do to work out what we want to achieve this year?
1) What do you want to do and how do you want to feel in 2014?
Take the time to sit down, in a quite, peaceful space. Turn off/put out of sight all electronic devices so that you can concentrate on yourself. Look within and think, about what is and what isn't working in your life right now and decide what changes you want to see happening in 2014.
2. Chunk the list down into manageable tasks
In 2014 I want to run a marathon
Then think about what you need to do
How far can I run now? How much time do I have to train? Are there any local running clubs that I could join? Look at training programmes online so that I can gradually build up my strength and stamina. Look at my current diet and lifestyle and find out what changes could be made to improve speed, recovery etc.
This list will vary in length depending on what you want to achieve.
3. Set a time frame for each task/goal and check in daily, weekly, monthly to ensure that you're on target and to possibly adjust any of your previous goals. It will be a work in progress that can be adjusted depending on what's going on in our lives. Schedule the tasks/goals into your calendar or event better put an alarm on your phone/tablet etc. to keep you on track.
4. Hang out with people who are already making changes in their lives, who are already successful or who are on the path to success. If you hang out with these people you are motivated by them, can feel their energy which in turn gives you energy to get out there and do it. If you hang out with people that just want to sit around all day and watch TV it doesn't motivate you to get up and do things.
5. Take a good look at your diet to find out if there are any changes that you need to make. The right diet, can give you the fuel to be everything that you want to be and more. Just start with small changes such as adding vegetables in at lunch and then maybe you could add in a salad at dinner time or a juice as a snack.
6. Be your own cheerleader. It is really important to acknowledge your achievements. It is so easy to get into a negative mind set, I didn't achieve this weeks goal, I didn't eat any salad for a week, I didn't exercise this week etc etc.
None of these thoughts help us to move forward, so how about changing things up a little and looking at the positive. Find something positive about you or your achievements every day. Note it down and when you have a bad day (we all have them) pull that notebook out and remind yourself of ALL the wonderful things that you have achieved and how far you have come.
7. Self care is really important. Whilst you are on this journey you need to make sure that you take time to take care of yourself as well as motivate yourself because if you don't have this balance you will crash and burn before you even get started. Take small steps and you'll be amazed at how far you have come without even realising it.
Do you feel that some of your goals and unrealistic or you don't know how to take the steps to get there?
Why not set up a