New Year New adventures... Welcome 2018

 Lets welcome the New Year with a big warm hug!

I hope you all had the most magical Christmas with all your family and took some time out for yourself. Everyone always seems to be so busy around this time of the year, that we all forget to just breathe!

Now that 2017 is so last year what have you been thinking about for 2018.. Have you got anything that you want to change, any new years resolutions that you want to stick to? 

It is a great time to make any changes "New Year New you" as they say. What changes do you want AND are you going to stick at them?

It's January 3rd, the start of a fresh new year, the time when we all make those New Year's resolutions. You swear you're finally going to stick to your resolution, only to fall at the first hurdle. For many the clock of failure is already ticking. What's the difference between those who stick to their New Years resolutions and those who don't?

Clarity or purpose. And a plan!

And as one of the most empowering life coach says..

    Picture- Courtesy of Tony Robbins

So will you be the one that sticks to it or will you slip back into your old ways..
I have come up with a few tips to help you on your journey and to hopefully help you stick at it for longer then February!
1. Set yourself goals and a plan!
Create a super clear vision of what exactly it is that you want to achieve, by having this clear vision it has been shown to optimise reaching it. We aren't talking about vague goals for example "I want to become a manager, get a pay rise or become self employed" You need to get into depth with it, have a plan and strategy for what exactly it is you want to achieve. Choose things to do that will help you get nearer to that goal everyday. Also think-in-ink. Put pen to paper or list on your laptop bullet points to take action to reach this goal. Write these down and then tick them off as you go.

2. Have you thought about your self-esteem? 

Banish the negatives and think of all the good things people say about you, feeling good about yourself will empower you to reach that New Years goal. Set that level of respect for oneself and learn to love yourself more.
Each morning or evening spend a few minutes visualising the positive things people have said about you, as research shows doing this will absorb more positivity in your self-esteem. 

3. Self-talk, Your inner speech  

So many of us have the wrong inner monologue. When setting a goal, does your inner monologue start like- "I can’t manage this, I can't achieve that" etc? (Check my previous post which dives deeper into self-talk)
Well STOP letting it take over and re-phrase your thought to "I shall try my best today, I will achieve this by doing each bit each day".

4. Focus on progress, not perfection

Perfection is unattainable. Aim for "pretty good." What I mean is don't beat yourself up with minor mishaps like you ate dessert or chocolate because you felt stressed or you skipped the gym that week. Everyday week you will have ups and downs but the best way is to just get back on track, see it as a mishap and then resolve it and you will quickly recover. Majority of people will overestimate what they can accomplish in a day or even set goals that are non-achievable that day. Then they will underestimate what they can achieve in a year. So if you do "pretty good" all year round, when it draws to the end of the year you will feel SUPER GOOD about all your achievements!

5. Set check points

Its one thing to have a goal that says something like, I want to be a CEO by October 20th 2018.” It’s another thing to say, “I want to do this per month, every month this year.” The latter gives you something to work with. You need to achieve something small every month, which keeps you on pace, and gets you to that goal. If your only goal is to be self employed or a CEO by the end of the year, it’s easy to put things off until August or September (when it’s almost too late).
Check in on how you are doing each week or month, and give yourself that positive boost on the hard work and effort you are putting into achieving those goals and New Years resolutions!!

Over all have the best year, take each day as it comes and remember don't be afraid of time. Time can work to your advantage as long as you plan well and have a strong meaning to your why (why you are doing it)!

Love to you all and Happy New Year.


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