Every new year is a fresh start. If that’s the case, then why do we feel so negative about making, “New Years Resolutions?” I think it’s because we are looking at things from the wrong perspective. We are putting too much pressure on the year 2019, instead of focusing on how we can take small steps toward a long-term goal. I would love to show you all a few tools that I am going to be investing in this year that will hopefully help us start over fresh this new year.
1. Choose your word.
I would like us to start by throwing out the word,” resolutions,” and replace it by choosing one word or phrase that has meaning to you. For example, my word this year is, “fearless.”The reason why I decided to use the word fearless is that I can be a very fearful person. I have allowed the fear of failure and fear of opinion of others to keep me being the person that God has called me to be.
2. Keep a journal.
Writing your goals down can prove to be very effective. According to http://Forbes.com after study shows you will remember things better when you write them down. Typically, subjects for these types of studies are students taking notes in class. However, one group of researchers looked at people conducting hiring interviews. When the interviewers took notes about their interviews with each of the candidates, they were able to recall about 23% more nuggets of information from the interviews tthatpeople who didn’t take notes. Parenthetically, if you’re being interviewed for a job, and you want the interviewer to remember you, you better hope he or she is taking notes. With that being said, if you are constantly writing down your goals, and progress, then you will more then likely be keeping up with them.
3. Accept your good days and bad days
In a world of deadlines, there is so much pressure to be the perfect, “fitness person, artist, writer,” etc. within a short period of time. Long term changes do not happen within a month. It takes time and effort for progress to happen. We need to acknowledge the fact that we are still human beings. We will still have that one day on our diet were we crave a donut, and you know what it’s okay to mess up sometimes. Go ahead and eat that donut I promise you won’t die, and it doesn’t mean that all of your effort to eat better has gone to waste. Leave yourself some wiggle room to mess up, and then get back up and start again. Don’t let your not so perfect days keep you from being your best self.
4. Prioritize your time.
It is not enough to be busy. The question is what are you busy about? Henry David Thoreau
To often we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget what we are doing in the first place. If we could learn to manage our time better then we could acomplish more. With that being said, here are a few suggestions on how to manage your time better
- Have a Morning Routine. This is something I am working on this year.
- Have a night routine. The more sleep you get the better focus you will have for the next day.
- Eat organic and whole foods. Stop eating processed junk. It slows your body down.
- Exercise. It’s been recomended to at least walk 3o min a day to improve metabolism. If you can’t find the time or money to go the gym, walking is free.
- Write down your top five priorities for the day. Do those first, and then whatever time you have left you can do the extras.
- Make sure you have an hour of self-care and relaxation.
5. Be in the present.
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life. Matthew 6:27
This verse says it all. I am the biggest worrier that you will ever meet, however I am working me best to change that, because the only thing that worrying does is prevent you from growing. How crazy is it to worry about something that hasn’t even happen yet? Let tomorrow have it’s own worries, and stay in the present or the now. Don’t miss out on the beauty of oppurtunity today,because you are worried about the oppurtunities you might miss tomorrow.