And so we begin again.
I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and that you enjoyed a refreshing and re-energising break!
So now we enter a brave new year, determined to be a brave new us. Will we be more streamlined, healthier, happier, richer?
What challenges have you set yourself for 2016? What resolutions?
I wonder how many of those challenges and resolutions you phrased in the negative? I will stop smoking. I will stop drinking on weekdays. I will stop working until 8 or 9 pm. I will stop having a choco moco caramel concoction every morning!
I don’t know about you but I find all this deprivation a wee bit depressing.
I’m a 'towards' sort of girl - I find it much harder to stop doing something, than to do something - to deprive myself than to drive towards a positive outcome. So stopping eating and drinking so much after Christmas is much harder for me than starting to exercise more, for example.
I wonder if that’s why so many people struggle to quit stuff. Maybe they are ‘towards’ people too. Maybe they need a positive ‘why’ to drive towards.
So, why do I want to stop eating chocolate?’
A: Because I want to lose weight?
A: Because I want to be healthier
A: Because I want to live a long and active life
A: Because it will give me a foundation for happiness and I’ll be able to enjoy my children growing up.
By thinking about why you want to do something you’ve gone from depriving yourself of chocolate (or a bottle of wine, or a cigarette) to feeling good about yourself and being around for your kids!’ Isn’t that just a teency bit more inspiring?
How many of your negative ‘stops’ can you turn into positive starts? Could this be the year you ‘Do’ more and ’stop doing’ less?
Here’s to 2016 - your most successful and inspiring year yet!
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