In the Christian tradition you eat up all the butter, eggs, sugar and milk and get ready to fast. People today even if they are not Christian use Lent to give up things - drink, chocolate or crisps. Or to start things eg jogging or being more pleasant to people or do a good deed a week for the community.
Often the reason our January resolutions fail is we try to achieve a goal too quickly. What small thing could you start doing every day from today that would help you reach your goal?
- If you want to get a promotion - work on a strategic idea a day and go to a senior manager with them once a week.
- If you want to get noticed - plan 3 ideas for every meeting and make sure you say one.
- If you want to improve your delivery - decide to banish um's and err's from your speech.
- If you want to improve your outlook - decide to smile more
- If you want to be happier in your work - create an intention for the day eg to listen more to everyone - then keep resetting it until it becomes a good habit.
- If you want to lose weight - give up carbohydrates after 6pm or exercise more.
Notice these are all simple - are they too simple? How much do you want to change. Often if you start with the small things, big things change. Try it and see if it works for you. What have you got to lose? What could you gain?
One way to build momentum, self esteem and belief is to get quick results. What can you do tomorrow that will get you the quickest and biggest result?
We all have a weakest skill. You know what yours is..
- Think of a where you can realistically get to in 40 - 50 days.
- Identify the small steps to take to get there
- Then take those steps.
If it's scarey, find someone to support you.
All we generally want from setting these goals is results. We can only get results if we know where we start, know where we want to end up and know what success looks like along the way!
I wish you every success and achievement with your goals!
I plan to write a relaxation tape to help support people in stressful jobs. Watch this space.