In today’s Insights from the Hive, my thoughts on New Years resolutions and practical steps for making change.
A week ago I was invited to be a guest on Radio 702’s Saturday health and wellness slot. However I only received the message very late so when I replied the producer had already found another guest.The topic was New Year resolutions. I wasn’t crazy about the topic as I don’t believe in them.
Having said that, one of the biggest decisions that I made in my life, was made within the first two weeks of a new year. However it took more than two years of separation, a new year and the turn of the millennium to bring me to that point!
We can choose to change at anytime of the year. But it will only happen when we are ready. If we are changing because of a negative situation the heat has to be great enough to make us move. If the reason is more positive we have to be sufficiently excited about the new vision to overcome the inertia of staying put.
When you are ready to change you may be scared to death, but you will feel somewhere inside that “now is the time” or “enough is enough”.
Then what do you do?
1. Paint a vision of what it will look like when the change has taken place. Put this, in words or pictures, down on paper – this is important – it is not enough to have it in your head. eg vibey office, R30K month salary, great view from window, variety in each day, love my boss, interesting clients…
2. Write down what things have to happen for the change. Eliminate anything that is not in your control – your change is your change, not dependant on someone else doing, thinking or feeling something. eg update my CV, read book on xxxx, practise yyyy skill, brainstorm my needs and possible jobs, apply to agencies, check Wed paper for ads, mail everyone I know to let them know what I am looking for…
3. If the order of happenings is relevant put them into order and start examining the first one. If order is not relevant pick the one that is the easiest to achieve a quick win on.
4. If the chosen task is large break it down into smaller bite size chunks – the idea is to set yourself up for as much success as possible to help make it easier to get started and build some momentum.
5. If you feel you can’t do whatever that task requires break it down into why and tackle the whys as small tasks of their own. Remember “it can be done”.
6. Pull in an encouraging friend or a professional to give you support along the way and help you be accountable to yourself.
7. Write up positive, present tense statements for yourself eg I have a fulfilling job in a great environment which pays me more money than my monthly expenses. (an affirmation)
8. Work through all that is required bit by bit until you reach your goal – keep your eye on the prize – don’t give up.
Somebody else is always doing what someone said could not be done. (Unknown)
Take daily action:
– See, feel, hear, taste your end result (the one you put on paper in the beginning).
– Read your affirmations.
– Do something towards one of your required tasks every day.
– Respond immediately to any positive feedback you receive. (someone tells you of a possible lead – call them immediately; you meet someone in the field you have been thinking about – it maybe a sign that you are on the right track)
Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid.
Dorothea Brande (American writer)