It’s a brand new year, and a favourite time for people to decide to change things about their life. So they make some sort of New Year Resolution.
Now I’ve resisted making resolutions in the past. I KNOW that saying I’m going to give up chocolate, or vow to keep my paperwork more organised, or something similar just won’t work for me. And I suspect that many other people find that resolutions like this don’t work for long.
Last year I tried a slightly different approach. I decided to do one thing every day to improve my life in a few key areas. Examples were things to improve my environment, like digging a new bed in the garden, and things to improve my mind like listening to self improvement audios, reading non fiction books and writing in my journal.
The scheme worked for a few months, then as with many other good intentions, I forgot about it and it just faded away. But it DID work for quite a while. I got many things done that maybe would have been neglected or ignored if I hadn’t made those initial intentions last January.
This year, I have expanded on the approach, and used a number of different tools to make it more appealing and do-able.
Here’s the plan so far:
- I made a vision board for how I want my life to be, including all the areas where I intend to make changes.
- For ONE area of the vision board, I made another one, expanding on the theme with more detailed goals – and a mind movie to go with it.
- For each of the goals in this one area, I have listed all the things I intend to do with a timescale for important milestones.
- I have started to take action to implement these goals in that one area.
My plan is to do this procedure with each of the life areas where I want to change something, starting on a different area each month.
The beauty of this plan is that it involves a really creative process to get things started. And I LOVE being creative! I love the whole process of making vision boards and mind movies. It gets me excited and really into the feelings associated with achieving the changes I have in mind. And this helps me to imagine an expansion of my natural comfort zones, reducing the resistance I have to changing things.
This all seems like a much more positive approach to improving and changing my life than the old style of resolution making.
How about you? What is your approach to New Year Resolutions? Do you have any favourite tips or methods to share?
If so, I’d love to hear your ideas!