Look around, the festivities have barely left us, and we are already met with the next batch of celebratory goodies in the aisles of our supermarkets; heart shaped chocolates, teddies and Easter eggs. Humans, we secretly love to live for the next chance we get to celebrate life and one another. It made me think about January and how the age-old mantra of ‘New Year, New Me’ has come to life again. If the influx of gym memberships during this month is anything to go by, it is evident that there is something about the notion of a new start, a new beginning, which allows you to feel completely capable of achieving anything you put your mind to.
Why is it then, that many people bow out from their memberships shortly after signing, barely making the 5-month mark? Why do we lose the initial tenacity and enthusiasm for our goals in life- whichever form they take (lifestyle, career or relational)?
I believe that factors such as disappointment, pace and expectations can easily sway our momentum and enthusiasm into a direction of giving up. Latching onto negativity can at times be far easier than the act of persistence which requires courage and consistency. I thought that I would use the opportunity to share some of my own daily personal strategies I have implemented for when the preliminary excitement grows slightly weary.
Amplify your unique zeal!
People are not perfect; therefore, fundamentally we cannot expect our lives to be perfect. On days when you encounter discouragement, leap towards what will rekindle your passion. Personally, I find that re-visiting the reasoning behind why I began in the first place, is a great place to start. It automatically sparks a fresh perspective and emphasizes how pace and expectation means nothing compared to being a day closer to my achievements. Have an inner dialogue with yourself- who will you become once you’ve attained it? What will life look like when you’ve reached your goal?
Retrain your mind
Our mind is such a double-edged sword. It remains our greatest asset, yet it is also the source of our detrimental behaviour. Remaining conscious about where you find yourself, in the here and now, will remove a great deal of anxiety and stress on the progress of your goals. Focusing on celebrating the small victories will equip you with the self-confidence you need to forge ahead.
Continue the act of remaining unrelenting towards your destination. Never look at failure as an escape route to giving up, instead, get back on track and learn from it, treating setbacks as speed humps as opposed to stop signs will allow you to prevail and endure.
Stop being a slave to your feelings
Happiness and a beaming heart always help to better life experiences. It is, however, important to remember that your feelings and emotions should not possess the power to stagnate your momentum and progressive state. There is immense power in awareness, equipping us with the control to choose how we respond to the factors which hinder us from our objective.
Happy New Year from our team! Here’s to a prosperous, purposeful and joyful one.