by Thomas McCormack
If you want to make a resolution you'll keep – make one that matters to you! For everyone who's still looking for way to make the most of 2019, read on.
It's the end of January. Christmas is a distant memory. Resolutions were made, some were kept and some went stale. You've had a drink or two, been to the gym for two weeks before the crisp cold air of late January made the warmth of your bed sheets more appealing... “Sure there's always next year...”
It can be really tough to come up with New Years Resolutions that we'll stick to unless there's a big “why” behind them. Gym? What difference would it make to your life if you were to go to the gym every day? I'd love to have a six pack and have the arms bursting out of the clothes that hold them down – but there's no big why behind it for me. There's other things that are much further up the list of priorities to have changed by the end of 2019!
On a personal level, it's small daily habits. Last year it was to make sure I have my porridge, blueberries and a swirl of honey before I leave the house. To cook my meals on a Sunday for the week. To start and maintain that habit took persistence – but made a huge diference to my health and saved me time. If you want to make a resolution you'll keep – make a small habit change that matters to you! If it is the gym and you're still going – keep it up. You've got this far!
For everyone who's still looking for way to make the most of 2019, read on.
Many people take Sunday evenings to relax. If you could make the commitment to yourself to spend 20 mins on a Sunday evening (or a time that works best for you!) reflecting on the week you've just had, over time it could make a huge difference to your life.
Write down everything that comes to mind – what went well for you over the week? What didn't go well for you? What could you have done better - and if you could go back, how would you do things differently?
Why? This small exercise heightens your awareness around your daily wins, what you need to improve on & makes you more aware of them as you continue into your next week. If you can commit to this alone, you'll have a much better 2019, than you had a 2018. If you summarise your reflection into a few quick bullet points you can then have a quick look back on your notes as you go further into the year. It's a nice way of seeing the changes you've made a long the way.
Answer these 2 simple questions at the end of each reflection:
- What are the three things that I've done that I'm happiest with this week?
- What is one thing I could improve on moving forward?
And a question I like to answer myself. Sometimes with everything being so busy it's easier to forget than to remember:
- Who did I have my most enjoyable conversation with this week? What made it so enjoyable? / What was my most memorable moment?
This simple reflection, once a week could be all the change you need. I'd love to hear how you get on with it!
- If you want to make a resolution you'll keep – make one that matters to you!
- Spend time at the end of the week reflecting on the week you've just had
- If you can commit to this alone, you'll have a much better 2019 than 2018
Thomas works with Millennials who feel a little lost or feel they've lost a sense of who they really are. They want to get their life back on track & start working towards a life they are happy to be living every day. Thomas works with people to help them figure out their why, their purpose & helps them to uncover what they need to do to “live their best life”. Thomas also works with Millennial SME owners to get the best out of themselves & their staff.
Thomas works online via Skype/Zoom with clients in Ireland, America, UAE & Australia & face to face in Dublin. You can contact him directly on (086) 206 5084 or through his website www.tmclifecoach.com
He was also a Rose Escort in 2015 and 2018.
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