I don’t buy into the R-word that January is too often associated with. By now, statistically, many folk have tried to take up, or give up, something and failed. And who can blame them? January’s a crap month for getting motivated. It’s not impossible, of course, to succeed, but the first month of the new year, with its dark, cold, relentless efforts to dampen our enthusiasm, is a tough adversary.
What do we need? Different words, and a re-framing of our thoughts. I’ve put together some alternative R-words, which may make it easier. Take it as a 7-day challenge if you wish, and try one a day, or choose one or two that resonate in particular:
Reacquaint – yourself with something you’ve always enjoyed doing, that brings you satisfaction, is good for you and maybe that you have neglected for a while. Getting back into something you’ve done before may be easier on the system, and you may also find you have more energy when engaging in something familiar.
Reflect – instead of jumping in. Be proactive rather than reactive. Take your time, think carefully, make a plan and then actually do something.
Reject – the things that no longer serve you. We often cling to the familiar, because “better the devil you know”, but sometimes, you have to know when to let go.
Relax – it’s often when you do this, that the ideas come. Build time in your schedule to do this. A few minutes will do, or longer if you can. Be aware of your own way to relax. You don’t have to sit on a cushion and chant, although that’s great for some. Relaxing for you might be a run, a book, heavy rock music or opera or simply a cuppa and a chat with a friend. Identify it, and practise it.
Re-equip – yourself with what you know you need. It might be “tools” for the job, a wardrobe makeover, a long, hard look in the fridge, freezer, cupboard to make sure what’s in there is what needs to be there. It might even be a particular mindset you need, or an attitude for a specific phone call or meeting.
Reduce – anything that is holding you back. Clutter, unnecessary tasks, tasks you could outsource, obligations, “shoulds”, “coulds” and “musts”, pointless jobs, little irritations (and even big ones!)
Refocus – to find your mojo. It’s there, I promise you.
And if you need some help to find it, join me on 17 February from 10-12. Or get in touch and let’s have a chat about what you really want…