2018 as a fresh start
I love new starts and fresh beginnings and I’m always excited for the new year. Please note I also know that each day is a new beginning and we can decide each day what we want and don’t want, but there’s just something special about the 1st of January. So I’ve set my intentions and goals for the year; for my coaching business Simply Content and personally. I don’t want to bore you with the business ones and by the way the exciting ones you’ll find out soon enough as we progress in the year. I will tell you about my personal goal, perhaps you can relate to it and pick up something from my approach, but I’m also publicizing it for accountability. I’m sure you’ll have my back and know I’ve got yours.
I’ve got a few confessions to make. Firstly I didn’t take care of my body last year as I normally do which led me to gain 10kg. I know right, big (no pun intended) confession here. Secondly I’m totally ok with it. I believe it happened for a reason. I was so focussed on finishing my coaching course last year, setting up this beautiful website and business I so truly love, and work hard to continue to believe in my mission to support people to live with more intention and happiness. During this process last year I think something had to give and my body care was it. Usually being very diligent with exercise and diet, these things were just not on the forefront in 2017.
A strong and healthy body
But 2017 has been and gone, and enters 2018. I had a beautiful break over Christmas where I got to reflect and celebrate all I have and reassess what’s important to me. I want to live a full, energetic and balanced life and I need a vital body to support me in that. Without my body functioning optimally I can’t do my best work, I can’t support my loved ones or my clients, and I won’t be able to have a calm and steady mind to keep me grounded. I want a strong and healthy body; ready for a challenge and balanced on a physical, mental and spiritual level.
What I’m not going to do
Before I tell you what I believe is a great approach to make your goal work for you, here’s a few things I’m making sure I’m not going to do. This list won’t support me in any way of getting a stronger and vital body.
I’m not going to:
- Make excuses. It’s my body, it’s my responsibility. That’s all to it.
- Beat myself up. There’s no point regretting the past, whether last year or this day (if I finished that tub of icecream). Let go, learn from it and move on.
- Follow a fad diet. I know what works for my body, my situation and I know what’s a sustainable approach for me. I’ve got faith in myself.
- Have an end date or specific weight loss in mind. Every day I’m taking better care of my fitness is a win, there’s no standard to uphold. I’ll work at it to best of my abilities.
What you can do for a fresh start:
The list below is my approach to achieving my goal and I hope it’ll support you to make your fresh start easier and more fun.
- Ask yourself what’s the most important thing to you? What has fallen behind that you now have energy for or that you most strongly want to put your time and energy in? Is it your body, your relationship, your personal growth, your finances? Pick one area only, you don’t want to spread yourself thin and not do well on any. I want you to excel in that one area as that’ll build momentum for more.
- Know that you don’t need fixing, the way it is is all good. You need to let go of any negative feelings you have towards this goal or else it will drag you down. Any change will bring some downfalls and you have to be able to pick yourself up again. If you don’t have acceptance of the current situation it will be harder to stand up again when you fall.
- Slow and steady wins the race. I realise you don’t want to hear this, you’re motivated and all ready to go. But give yourself time, and know that long-term and sustainable change won’t happen overnight. Enjoy the process. Bring awareness to each little step you’re taking in the right direction. It’s not a race, you don’t have to compare yourself with others and you go at your pace and as slow as you can.
- Stay connected to your reasons, why you wanted this. When it gets though, and it most surely will (or else you wouldn’t have set it as a goal in the first place), you need to have it very clear why you’re working on this. You can take a photo of your why (are your kids your reason or perhaps a great photo of an exuberant happy you?) or write it out and have it as note on your phone as a reminder or have it very clear in your mind. Cherish this, hold it very close.
- Get yourself ready and set up so you’re off to a great start. What resources do you need to succeed? Do you need a buddy, do you need a schedule or do you need inspiration? Gather it all so you’re ready, communicate it with those around you so they know what to expect (it might affect them).
- Become accountable. It’s your life, you make the decisions and it’s 100% your responsibility. But by letting someone know what your aim is (and you don’t have to go as public as I do), you will not only have support and someone to celebrate with you, but you’ll also be much more likely to do it as you’ve committed to it not only internally but now also externally.
- Keep believing in yourself! You’ve got this!