I don’t know about you but I’ve been inundated with New Year Resolution posts on Social Media, emails and blogs, posts about our word to focus on (and yes I’m doing that this year but I’ve chosen two words), challenges (guilty, I’m doing 30 days Yoga with Adriene in January), sign ups to find a New You, you name it, it has been quite overwhelming.
Each of these approaches and ideas have value, but to me we shouldn’t just wait until New Year to make our resolutions. I’ve written before that I don’t make resolutions now because I feel that there is added pressure to think up something right now and do it without being in the right mindset to actually make things happened.
I’m delighted that Natalie from Natalie the Explorer and Leslie from Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After have teamed up again to present the Wellness Wednesday monthly link up. They are so organised that they have already come up with the prompts for the next twelve months. I’m excited because it gives me the inspiration and motivate to share tips and ideas with you all about keeping fit, active and fabulous Over 50.
The prompt for January is ‘A Fresh Start’ and yes, it is timely because we are in a New Year, but it also started me thinking that…..
Any day is a good day to start
There are times in our life when we really just feel like wiping the slate clean and starting again. I know I feel that way, do you?
The problem is that we get caught up in the ‘busyness’ of life that we forget that each day is a new opportunity and new chance to make changes. We start to think ‘I’ll start that next week’ or ‘Starting January 1, I’m going to do this’. Timelines are good but sometimes we need to focus more on the journey rather than the finish line.
I’ve just started reading a book ‘Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results’ by Stephen Guise.
Stephen’s theory is that by forming mini habits rather than trying to attempt too much too soon we can build on a small foundation to achieve what we want from life. I will share more with you when I’ve finished the book.
So today I want to share with you what I’m going to do to create a Fresh Start.
REMEMBER: TODAY MAY NOT BE THE DAY YOU START but you can start thinking about it and you will know when the time is right for you.
5 ways to make a Fresh Start when the time is right for you.
- Know what you want to change and write it down. Accept that you can’t change the past and move on.
- Commit to what you want to change or to do – don’t make your ‘Fresh Start’ just words or an idea but commit to making it happen. One of my words for 2019 is Commit so perhaps I can help you by writing about my experiences and ideas on how to commit fully.
- Take baby steps rather than trying to achieve it all in one day and learnt to celebrate each step you achieve.
- Create a morning ritual to start your day reflecting on your goal and what you can do today to step closer to the finish line. Then practice being present with those thoughts throughout the day.
- Cut yourself some slack and recognise stuff happens in life to interrupt our best laid plans. Accept and get back on track.
I love this quote because it makes me stop and think.