Ok, so the New Year is right around the corner and now it’s time to do some Pre-New Year’s cleaning. It’s time to throw out the old and incorporate the new, because this year is our year and what’s the best way to make sure we're successful? You guessed it, good old fashion planning. Do you know why most people fail in reference to "New Year's Resolutions", it's because they think they can decide to leave a habit behind or incorporate a new lifestyle without preparation. The only thing you're preparing yourself for is "FAILURE".
Let me let you in on a funny story. Every year I would say I'm going to lose 10 to 20 pounds. I would go out and buy new sneakers, pretty little workout outfits, Ipod, new gym bag and all that other good stuff. Oh and I cant forget the new gym membership that cost a mini fortune. But by the second week I would become bored, start eating the wrong things again and eventually give up on the diet and the gym; and it's all my fault, because I never planed on how I was going to actually tackle losing the weight. I didn't research what foods I should be eating, what vitamins I should be taking, are there other issues that could be causing me to eat, like being an emotional eater. A lot of us go into life with the outside looking good, but the inside completely unprepared for the task at hand. We don't take time out to reflect on what work and what doesn't
The best way to start planning for the New Year is by doing a little self-reflection. You know what, let’s agree to take 30 minutes once a week and dedicate it solely to “Self-Reflection”. Trust me when I tell you, this is going to work wonders. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s reflect on this year from “January 01 until now. Let’s start with the good stuff first. What have you done this year to improve your life, goals, health and inner peace? Take your time with this one, because we already know the subconscious seem to hold onto the bad thoughts longer than the good thoughts.
Now that we got the good thoughts out of the way, let’s take a minute and write down the things that we failed to complete or even start to do this year. Ask yourself why you failed to complete each task and if you’re 100% Ok with your answer than cross it off and either put it on your new list or toss it in the handy, dandy trash can. Now if you’re not OK with not completing it, you need to figure out why you failed to do so and figure out if it’s really as important to you as you think.
Today is the perfect time to prepare for tomorrow, but only take a hour or two a day, because tomorrow isn't promised to any of us. So enjoy today as you prepare for tomorrow.
Author, Speaker, Transformation/Living Coach