Yes, it’s the week most people are doing the “what am I going to do in the new year?” struggle. We reflect on the past year and wonder, even worry sometimes, about what the plan will be for change in the new year.
Resolutions are pointless because they’re not tied to a linear system to create practices that make them happen. Most people don’t stick to resolutions and end up feeling more defeated when they can’t.
So, they dummy down real goal setting to things like, “I won’t swear.” Or “I’ll lose 5 pounds.” Or “I’ll get that project finished on time.” These are simply notions. All of these are not tied to defined values or a mindset and plan that changes habits. They likely will not occur either. More defeat.
It makes me sad to watch great people undercut their happiness.
This week my clients do something else. They use a tool to guide them through a healthy reflection of the past year. In doing so a clear vision of what they want to change in the coming year energes. No need to chase it. It’s right in front of them.
The clarity that emerges after the reflection surprises them with new opportunities they hadn’t considered. I get so excited for them when this happens.
Then the tool walks them through steps on how to execute what they want. It leaves nothing to chance. They go back to it anytime their confused or off track. It accounts for personal life decisions you. It’s their compass to a mindful and satisfied new year.
If this resonates with you and you are interested in this tool, I’m happy to share it with you because your well-being deserves it. I use it every December to start my new year not with default thinking and doubt, but with excitement. This process spurred the new program I am designing for January.
When we write things down, they’re more likely to happen. I don’t want notions to be my guide in the coming year so I plan ahead. It will be fun to watch the ball drop Saturday night.
Happy New Year!
Listen to a Special Holiday Gift Podcast for You: Mindful Holiday Tips for Dealing with Stress, Difficult Relatives, Grief and the New Year Listen wherever you listen to podcasts or at these links: Mary Lee’s website Apple Spotify
P.S.S. Feel free to forward this email to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life looking for a hand to hold. Sometimes we must be the hand that reaches out. www.MaryLeeGannon.com
Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships.
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