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  • Writer's pictureIngrid M

New Year Resolution Check in.

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

We all love to make them, break them, and try again!

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Oh the New Year, it always comes with that sense of renewal, and a symbolic rebirth.

A reset of sorts. Here's the thing, I know I struggle with it and I also know that I'm not the only one who does. Reason being, the New Year we celebrate comes in the start of winter. A time of reflection and where one draws inward. I believe it would be more accurate to celebrate the New Year at the start of spring. It would truly make so much sense to do so. But, unfortunately that's not current tradition and so another year, I feel like I'm fighting against the misplacement of the holiday. Another year I just won't be blooming along with the flowers.

Except this year, I'm truly showing up for myself in all the uncomfortable ways.

These are the times in the past that I would talk myself out of something new, let negative judgments of myself run amok, and simply abandon ship. Our brains are designed to do this, as its goal is to keep us safe from the the unknown that could potentially hurt us. But, why does it do this?

Our brain is such a powerful organ that is capable of amazing feats. It truly is! However, it can also be a barrier to trying out new things. After all, the brain is wired to keep us safe and secure, and it can be difficult to override this programming with trying something new which the new year resolutions imply. We are designed to be afraid of the unknown, and our brains can act as a kind of self-imposed roadblock, holding us back from pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. It's important to recognize this fear and to be mindful of its influence, allowing ourselves to take risks and explore new possibilities. I know I sure am trying to keep this in mind, and wanted to be sure to post this blog to remind you too!

So how can we help trick our minds a bit in order to rewire it to achieve this new year resolutions? As I've come to find, its best to approach it methodically. What do I mean by this? By creating new processes that the brain can rationalize letting it through its roadblocks. I'm not here to say there is just one roadblock. There are many! So approaching it methodically seems to be what's working for me. How so? Well here you go. Let's start with steps. The brain likes steps. Steps that categorized. So let's switch over to bullet point now, shall we?

  • Write down your resolutions and keep them visible. Keep track of your goals by writing them down and having them in a place you can easily view them. This will help keep you motivated and on track with your resolutions. I like to write mine on post it notes to then never look at them again (it seems) but the act is still there, or in a planner. More of that to come in the next bullet point.

  • Break down your goals into smaller achievable steps. Making your goals more manageable will help you stay on track throughout the year. I like to do this with a daily/monthly planner. I've recently ordered this Law of Attraction Planner because although my google calendars are great and all, the act of writing things down really does make a stronger impact. If the Law of Attraction Planner isn't your jam. Well there's always the F**k It planner. Different approaches to achieve the same outcome of New Year Resolutions success.

  • Celebrate your successes. Celebrating your small successes can help you stay focused and motivated to continue with your resolutions. There are so many ways to do this. Be sure to have fun with it! I've found the little successes broken down with the shorter term goals pair up nicely to achieve continued motivation.

  • Keep yourself accountable. A friend or family member who you can share your goals with, and who will help you to stay on track. This is so important. I find that the people around us are so important. You can be as strong and independent as <<insert that person or ideal here>>, but at the end of the day your tribe does help set the continued tone to your vibe.

  • Be realistic. Set achievable goals that you know you can reach. It's so easy for many of us to self sabotage, be unkind to ourselves, and create these unrealistic grandiose goals that are simply unattainable. During this process it's so important to be kind to yourself. As I heard a few years ago, and I'm paraphrasing as I say this "Be kind to what you say to yourself, because you are always listening."

I truly hope that my latest podcast and/or blog post will help you to reignite your flame to achieve the goals you've set for yourself this year and beyond. Even through the darkness of winter, spring will come and with the right mindset, tools, action plan, people we surround ourselves with, and the words we tell ourselves, we will bloom. Until then, I know I will keep showing up for myself no matter how hard or uncomfortable it may be. I hope you do too, and I'd love to hear more about your journey.

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. As an affiliate marketer and as an Amazon Associate, I will receive affiliate commission on qualifying purchases at no additional cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

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