As we start a new year we often, as is tradition, make New Year Resolutions. But Holly Crosby of Simplyou Coaching doesn’t think anyone ever should! Here she shares her top tips on what to do instead …
The chances are that when we think of a new year resolution or indeed hear someone’s, we wonder how long in to that year it will last. They are often reactions to your own individual December and do not take enough in to account.
For example, the most common one is we over indulge in all sorts of food and drink at Christmas, feel guilty that our clothes a little tighter so react by announcing we’ll start the diet Jan 1st (maybe 2nd – hangover dependent!)
We’re likely to set ourselves up for a fall going from our eating and drinking routine of December straight to cold turkey and nothing nice at all in January!
So how can we view it differently for it to work…
1 – Call them “My 2019 plans…”
2 – Look back at the whole of 2018, maybe talk it over with someone close to you – what would you like to achieve or do differently this year? What are you connected to? This should be a source of inspiration to work from.
3 – Step by step – how can you set about achieving it? Please remember that plans can, and should, change as you do. The goal can still be the same, but you may take a different route to it. Just as hearing there are roadworks on your journey, you make a diversion, and still reach your destination. Think about the practical steps you’ll need to take to get going.
4 – What could stop you? This is not ‘doom and gloom’, ‘you’ll not do it’ kind of thinking. This is being realistic that things will not always run smoothly. And if it doesn’t, you’ve already thought of it as a possibility, so you’ll know what to do to correct it.
5 – What are the changes you’ll see/feel on the way? You won’t hit the outcome on day two or even ten so don’t expect to! Instead consider how you expect to see/feel along the way.
6 – Keep reviewing how it’s going. Is there anything you need to change?
These tips are just a guide – they’re not fool proof. But if you want something enough, you’ll make a start and keep running with it.
All the very best for your 2019!
If this has made you think a little deeper and you’d like help with your 2019 plans, visit www.simplyoucoaching.co.uk