New Year...New Way of Making Change!

Happy New Year!  I hope that it has begun well for you and that you were able to celebrate the ending of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 with those who are important to you.

As you begin the New Year, you may be thinking of how you want 2018 to be different.  Maybe you are the type of person that has already written out your goals and have ways of tracking your progress throughout the year.  Or maybe you are the type of person that refuses to make New Years resolutions, but in the back of your mind have been pondering the ways that you could make some changes this year.

Whichever type of person you are, here are a few suggestions I have for you to consider as you begin 2018.

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1.  Reflect on 2017 and find what you are grateful for.  If it was a particularly rough year, this could be even more helpful/important for you to be able to move on.  Gratitude on what is past can help us make positive changes for the future because it can provide us with a starting point to have more of that “goodness” in our lives.  As you reflect on what worked well for you, ask yourself ‘why did it work?’  It doesn’t matter what it was, there is something in the way you did it that is worth noting.  Was it the support you received from others?  Was it the way you exercised discipline?  Was it the way you overcame your failures and obstacles in a different way than usual?  When something works, there is a reason.  Find that reason, and then apply it to the changes that you are wanting to make this year.

2.  As you reflect on 2017, find something that you wish had changes and hasn’t.  Why hasn’t it changed?  Use the questions above to see if you can narrow it down to what did not work for you in this area.  This is your starting point!

3.  As you look forward to the changes you hope to make in 2018, it can also help to find someone that has already succeeded at that task, and learn from them.  Follow them on Instagram.  Send them a message and ask them what worked for them.  Meet up with them, and ask them for accountability.  Finding ways to connect with them and learn from them could help you try things outside of your box, and help you to implement those changes this year!

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4.  Meet up with someone or some people that are important to you in your life.  Make sure that they are trustworthy, then ask them for a yearly review.  They might have some insight for you about things that you could try differently.  They could also reflect to you what your strengths and weaknesses are and help you look at your goals realistically.

5.  Align yourself with other likeminded people.  If you are wanting to lose weight, join Weight Watchers.  If you want to be more confident at work, join Toastmasters.  Maybe you want to get stronger at the gym – find some classes that you could join, or find a trainer to focus on that specific area.  If your goal is to get healthy mentally and emotionally, find a counsellor, or search out therapy groups that are focused on the specific area you want to make changes in.

6.  Keep your goals small, measurable, and realistic to start with.  Chances are that if you are wanting to implement major changes in your life it will get discouraging if you try to tackle them all at once.  Break them off into smaller parts so that you are able to learn from the smaller goals and make adjustments as you tackle the next goal.

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7.  Find ways to celebrate your success along the way.  What is a natural way of celebrating the changes you are making?  Do you get to have a treat because your diet is going well?  Do you want to meet with that person you trust every couple of months so they can praise your success as well?  Maybe there is an outfit you have your eye on that you can buy once you lose weight, get more confident, speak better in front of others, etc.  Write it in your journal.  Whatever it is, celebrate it!  Make a point of making it a big deal is that then there is something positive to reflect on when you are feeling discouraged in the next item you are tackling. 

Change is hard, so start by celebrating the fact that you are creating a plan to implement it in your life!  If you would like help in implementing those changes in your life, please contact me.  I’d love to work with you and celebrate the successes along the way!