Yey, it’s February and I’m back! How have you been during the first month of 2014? So much has happened on my side of the world… After decluttering our home in London and turning the page to a new chapter, I am now lying under the tropical sun of Brazil! Yes, and it is soooo good to be here!
I started the new year doing yoga, meditating and dancing the night out at an ashram on the top of a mountain just outside São Paulo. Since I arrived here, I have been able to spend time with family and old friends, eat loads of fruits and vegetables and drink fresh coconut water many times a day. Oh… being here is like paradise 🙂
Anyway, as I write to you I am right now enjoying a box of fresh figs. Have I already told you how much I love figs? Oh, I love figs! Growing up in Brazil, during my childhood figs and coconuts were my top favourite fruits. There is something truly nourishing about these two and I have always been completely drawn to both. So while I enjoy my figs, I want to use this opportunity to talk about new years resolution. Tcharam!
So have you set up your new years resolution for 2014? And are you keeping up with them? We are in February now and by this time of the year for most of us new years resolution have already faded away. For many of us keeping new years resolution is just so difficult, and worse, they sometimes make us feel like we are failing before the year has even started. But don’t be discouraged. Today I will share with you three of my personal tips on how to keep new years resolution. I use these tips myself and I hope they will be helpful to you. So if you are ready, come on over and let’s have a talk about new year’s resolution, goal setting and making it happen!
3 Tips on How to Keep New Year’s Resolution
1. Start by closing your eyes in silence and visualising yourself already there. If your goal for 2014 is to loose weight, then visualise yourself skinnier. If it is running a marathon, visualise yourself being able to run it, and winning it! If it is going raw vegan, visualise yourself eating fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Whatever your goals are, visualise yourself already there, living it. Now, how do you feel? Does your visualisation feel good in your body? Do you feel comfortable, happy and free? Or do you feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable as if something was wrong? Identify the emotion in your body, and if the visualisation feels right keep it; if t feels wrong, rethink it.
2. If your visualisation feels right and you know that’s the goal you want to achieve, now is the time to take action. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write a list of 5 daily small action-steps you can take today that will ultimately help you get where you want to be. The focus here is on the word ‘daily’ and ‘small’. We want short time goals (24 hours is your task period) and small, meaning: what is possible for you to do today. The secret of successful goal setting is to think on the present moment, because long term goals (one year) are just too overwhelming for our human brains and that is like setting us up to failure. So try and think for today only. What is a possible action-step you can take today? Now intentionally act towards that during the present day. Your goal is to finish the day with a feeling of mission accomplished.
3. Once you have your vision and your list of daily action-steps (remember to update your list of action-steps as you progress in your journey), now you will establish a meditative practice to start each day. It is very simple, all you need to do is to start your day by asking yourself this meditative question: ‘How o I want to conduct my life today?’ This is a basic form of meditation, and if you don’t have a daily meditation practice yet, I suggest you start thinking about having one. A daily meditation practice, prayer or quiet time before reading the news or going to work is what will set us into the right mind to live the day consciously and connected. Once you ask your meditative question, wait in silence for the answers to come up. When your done, remember to live your day intentionally and consciously connected to following that guidance. Remember to start each new day with that new person, the one who completed last day’s mission with success, leaving the old habits behind, way back in the past. And when you least expect, change will blossom in your life.