New Year New You
New Year | New You
Well, welcome to 2017!!! Who doesn’t love a fresh start, right?! The New Year brings in hope and possibilities; a chance for you to start again. Whether you do resolutions or not, I don’t, the mark of a New Year is a moment to create a New You.
So, let’s look at that. The truth is, every morning you are blessed to wake up and breath oxygen into your lungs is a fresh start; a chance to create a New You. Heck, maybe you’re like, “I don’t want to create a new me.” Kudos to you if that’s you. But for many, the New Year has such a collective inhalation and sigh of relief, all at the same time. I think that is what makes the New Year so different than the opportunities we have each morning.
It’s like taking a stop watch and pushing it back to zero. It’s your chance to reboot and try a different avenue or maybe take what you’ve done already and add more excellence to it. No matter how you phrase it, there’s no denying the New Year is like the rings on a fresh cut tree – you make a score on your life and a new phase begins.
So how do you improve upon yourself in a New Year? What do you do to position yourself to grow, to expand into all that only you can be?
As I stated in the beginning, most start with resolutions. I prefer goals. I actually like to start working on my New Year goals in December. There are many tools available to set goals and measure them, but the best way to make sure you work on them and eventually accomplish them is much simpler than most may think. First, they must be clear, defined and measurable with a time line. Once you’ve done that (google that part if you need help with that), then you need to repeat them out loud every day, several times a day. You need to have them in as many places as you can not only as reminders, but also for accountability.
Another piece to applying your goals is how you handle your calendar. How do you schedule your life? Do you schedule your life? I used to be pretty loosey goosey about mine, but I’m getting better at scheduling my week out on Sundays. I time block my routine chores first – i.e. walking my dogs, posting on social media, eat, shower, etc. I even schedule in my workouts because these items are non-negotiable for me. These are the things that sustain my existence. If I don’t include time for them on my calendar, then I will abuse that space in my life and work over it. I just know how I am. So, I’ve learned the hard way – i.e. poor health that these things come first. Bottom line, it’s up to you to set your schedule for success.
One other key item for me is to watch the clutter. Clutter in my house, on my desk and in my mind. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2001, I worked as an assistant for an actress on Young and the Restless. I’ll never forget my first day. Her house was perfection from a design standpoint (I can say that, since I have a degree in design – Ha!), but my point it was clean, everything in its place. All the accessories in the living room were on point. Even the refrigerator was orderly. Anyway, back to my first day – I came in and she was meeting with an organizer. You know, one of those amazing people that somehow have what some people consider Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but amazingly enough, they’ve turned that need of order into a talent and a business. So, they are there, and it was like watching someone work on a rubix cube – things would move left, right, up and down and next thing you know, everything was in its place. She said something that stuck with me and I’m sure many of these organizers say this, “Everything has a home.” And she was right. When you leave things sitting around, it’s like that time when my mom called the police on me and my sister because she couldn’t find us. Mind you, we were only 3 and 2 at the time. Now, we were just down the street playing. But, I got the message loud and clear then – little girl, you don’t stray from home. Same thing goes for our things. When our things, our stuff is out of order – it creates chaos. So, to be realistic, there are days things get a little squirrely. So, just have a dump box. Make a habit of keeping your “slate” clean and the things you don’t have time to file away, put in a dump box and go back to it once a week or when you need to find it. Look at that – I called it a dump box, but yet, it’s a home for temporary stragglers and no need to call the police because you know right where they are.
Okay, so that takes care of your stuff. What about your mind? Let’s all take a big deep breath here. Keeping your mind clear of clutter is literally an entire podcast or two. For time sake, I’ll keep this simple. Go back to my previous statement about your goals. If you start your day and throughout your day, you are repeating your goals, then chances are you are at least half way there to keeping your mind clutter free. Another great way is to incorporate some time of physical fitness into each day. Somedays, yes, they can be more intense workouts, but every day, you need to be moving your body and preferably outside; taking 3 deep breaths as often as you can. These things may sound so simple, but try them and watch what happens.
Now, here’s the kicker that is kind of like a “bait and switch” tactic when it comes to the New Year. Statistics show that 73-92% of people don’t follow through on their New Year’s resolutions. Guess why? Guess why the New Year doesn’t always mean there’s going to be a New You. It’s because of habit. Our old ways are like the Grand Canyon – deep rooted into our brain and ego systems. Change is no friend of your ego. Your ego LOVES comfort. It loves its routines. That’s not all bad. But, true change requires discomfort and an investment of time. 21 days to be exact. 30 is even better.
So, unless you’ve mapped out the first 30 days of the year, chances are you are going to fall into those previously mentioned statistics. But, if you want to be in the 8% that actually do follow through and create a New You, these simple steps I’ve mentioned here today will help you get well on your way.
Because I know how important our health is to our everyday existence, I’ve created a program that is designed specifically for this. It’s called Finding Your Balance and Living Your ExcellenceDNA™. Basically, when you appreciate that God created you in such a special way and you understand that you have a unique purpose for this life that only you can give to the world, that is when you truly create the New You.
There are no cookie cutter solutions to our lives. There is no one-size fits all. That’s a great concept that companies have tried to market to us to cut down on their production costs. You have a specific body type that requires a specific fitness regimes, foods and even environments that help keep you in balance. And just like a junk box for your desk clutter, living a life knowing when your body is saying it’s in balance and when it’s out of balance – can you imagine what that would do for you? No more guess work. You begin to recognize when you are eating for emotional reasons, when you are shutting down for other reasons, etc. This program is designed around you. Customized specifically to what you need. Many people start new health goals at the beginning of the year. This program is about creating a lifestyle. If you’re interested and tired of being on the treadmill of life, then go to my website – LiveExcellence.com and give me your information and I’d love to help you make 2017 the beginning of the rest of your life – living your excellence as God designed you to live.
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our journey today!! The road to excellence is paved with many stories and it would make my heart sing to know that you spending time with me today has, in some way, helped you see the gift that you are to this world.
Thank you for joining me today and until next time, Live Excellence.