3 Daily Practices for a Better New Year
Yes, creating New Years resolutions is great, but If you really want successful changes in the New Year, you have to do more than set goals. One of the best things you can do after creating your resolutions is to find out what motivates you. This is different for everybody so it requires knowing yourself. One way to understand your personal motivation factor is look back on your previous wins and figure out what got you there.
Did you complete a marathon because you had a spouse or training partner depending on you? Or did you launch that business because you wanted to prove others wrong?
This can help you realize what it’s going to take to get to where you want to be in the new year. Whether its health, financial, education, or relationships, It doesn’t matter what changes you want to make. It’s all about making this a priority and then taking action that’s in alignment with that priority EVERYDAY.
Taking action, (even one tiny action every day) is what has to happen if you’re going to make this year different! Below are actions to do daily, rather than once a year, to continue growing, exploring, and evolving every day.
Here are 3 effective ways to set yourself up for success this year:
1. Practice getting in touch with your desires.
This practice contains a lot of questions, but these can be really fun to play with. What do you want? What do you truly desire for you life? How do I want to feel?
The best question you can ask yourself everyday is “How do I want to FEEL?” Because chances are all the things you want or desire are just because you think they will get you closer to that FEELING you truly desire! These questions enable you to make sure you are on track to what you actually want instead of getting caught up in the rat race of life.
2. Practice Self-awareness.
In every situation, check in with yourself. Pause and ask yourself: “What do I feel, sense, notice, think, believe, and know?” Constantly explore these things because they can teach you so much about your true self. Self-awareness is always going to be a practice because you are never done. You may still lose your temper from time to time, but that’s ok; breath and return to the questions. Now check in: “What just happened there, what could have set me off?” When you work on being aware of yourself, you are much better able to change those behaviors you don’t like and create new behaviors that better support yourself. (ie, eat healthier, stress less, etc.)
3. Practice taking action.
Do it anyway!! Mel Robbins book The 5-second Rule set up this successful phrase. “Don’t feel like exercising? Do it anyway. Don’t feel like reading that book? Do it anyway!” There are so many things that you won’t feel like doing, but the key is to just do them anyway! Even the best professional athletes have days they don’t feel like training. But they Just Do It anyway! (Hmm maybe Nike was on to something?) Do not sit around and wait for the motivation to strike, just get up and take the action anyway. If you do this, I promise you will be that much closer to achieving all your goals!
I’ve always felt New Year's Resolutions were a bit odd. It’s like; Why not work on yourself everyday and strive for goals all of the time, not just because it’s clique! If we did these things, we would all live much happier and satisfying lives every day of the year!