New year is one of my favourite times of year. The year is unwritten! It’s like you have been given a new book at midnight on New Year’s Eve and you can begin creating something new. It feels like a fresh start and a new beginning. We’ve reflected on 2017 and have an idea of what we want to achieve in 2018. One of the biggest pitfalls for New Year’s goals is we try to be successful in the first week of the year and spend the rest of the year in a state of self-criticism when we fail.
Think about the 12 months of 2018. What would bring you joy and peace? What are your goals for the next 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months? Break your overall goals down into manageable pieces and work on one goal at a time. Ask for help. For example, if you want to lose weight, exercise, learn stress management or stop smoking, who can help you make life easier? Make a plan, whether it’s making a meal plan, and exercise plan or meditating daily. Review the plan every few weeks to see if you need to adapt it as you learn, grow and experience improved ways of working on your goals. Commit to your goal. Often the first 20 days are the toughest, and then you start getting the hang of the new habits.
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Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 2 January 2017
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