Breaking old habits and embracing new ones…
Isn’t that what January is all about? Putting the festivities behind us and focussing on looking forward. What are we going to do differently this year? What are we going to change and improve? Lose weight, exercise more, drink more water and less alcohol, be kinder to ourselves. I would ask you… How?
- How are you going to implement the changes you want to make?
- How are you going to do this on your own?
- How are you going to commit to it?
- How are you going to keep motivated?
Whatever you are deciding to change or improve, I think we would all agree that we need to make a commitment and decision to stick with our intentions and be determined not give up. But that is hard and we all benefit from encouragement. Consider for a moment, who will help you? Your family and friends? Or might they put temptation in your way?
Planning and preparation is key?
Knowing where to start is vital. If you are serious about looking after yourself and taking steps to improve your well-being, you need a plan which will help you know what to do, how to prepare, keep you focussed and provide you with a guide to change, with ‘points of interest’ along the way.
To help you, please sign up to my 21 day Wellbeing Challenge. Each day, I will suggest activities which will help you work on your body, mind and spirit. The planner is split into seven sections:
Each day the planner will invite you to dedicate time to an activity. For us to be the best versions of ourselves, we need to learn how to be our own personal trainer, nutrition coach and therapist. The great news is that there is so much we can do ourselves. For example, there are healthy recipes online, yoga videos etc so that we don’t have to make big financial commitments, we just have to make a choice to put ourselves first, to take responsibility, action and ownership.
Also, it is important to be kind to ourselves. I know that some changes will be easier than others and I have built in time for reflection so that you can see what works well for you and what doesn’t, with the opportunity to understand the why, when and what. Support from a group of like-mined people in similar situations to yourself can be incredibly helpful, which is I why I am opening up my Facebook community so that we can all work together to achieve our goals.
We all have wobbles and could use a bit of friendly support, because when we make changes, the ones which last are the ones we enjoy.
I am reminded of Stephen Covey’s seventh habit, from his book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which is about ‘preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have – you’. It means having a balanced programme for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual. As you renew in these areas, you create growth and change in your life.
Remember, each day provides us with a new opportunity for renewal. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, skill and a little help along the way.