The Power of a Fresh Start

Posted on January 6th, 2013 By in Mindfulness | Self Care | Spiritual Development with 4 comments.

There’s something inside each and every one of us that relishes the excitement of new beginnings.  I think we can all remember those butterflies of the first day of school, the first day of a new job, and of course, our most recent example- the first day of a New Year.  New beginnings are exciting!!

And it’s interesting how we get so enthusiastic about change.  We get a vision, devise a plan, and then select a starting point.  But here’s where things often get a little messy.

Check this out; here’s an example I think most of us can relate to.

We get the inspiration to start a diet (or a fitness plan, or sticking to a budget, or whatever else we’ve been wanting to accomplish).  So, we start off with the best of intentions and the highest of hopes.  But, before we know it, we’ve fallen off the diet and back into old behaviors.  And this is natural to a certain extent.  Life is full of trial and error; start, slip, and start again.  We’ve all been there.

But here’s what happens that as a Life Coach I find strange- and quite unproductive and damaging:  We make excuses as to why we can’t (or won’t) RESTART NOW.

Have you ever heard yourself say anything like:

“Well, this has just been a crazy weekend- I’ll get back on my diet on Monday”.

“Well, there have just been a lot of unexpected expenses this month- but I’ll get back on my financial plan in March”.

Or…

“Wow, what a year- I’ll get back on track starting in January”.

MmmmHmmm, sound familiar?

Stretch, Grow, Become!

The solution to all this is to gain an understanding of momentum and how it applies to daily living.  The next time you encounter a setback in your plan, don’t shelve the whole day, weekend, or month.  No, resolve to get right back on the horse.  If you blow your diet with an unhealthy breakfast, start right back on your mission with an amazing lunch.

Fall of your budget mid-week?  That’s life.  You’re not perfect. Your challenge is to not get stuck in the classic “what’s the use” mentality.  Don’t wait until Monday to start again.  Trust me, there’s nothing magic about Mondays.  There’s nothing magic about the first of next month either.  No, start right now and start where you are!

Is this making sense?  Do you see these questionable behaviors showing up in your life, or in the lives of people you know?

The first step in any positive transformation is awareness.  Simply being conscious that you may be putting off your restart will wake you from your “sleep”.  The next step is action- and lot’s of it.

Resolve that the next time you slip (and you will), you’ll restart immediately.

How do you stay encouraged and motivated when you slip and fall back into old ways?  Let’s hear your feedback.  Leave a comment at the bottom of the page.  The tribe awaits……

Change isn’t easy.  If it was, everyone would be living the dream.  Having a coach who takes people from where they are to where they want to be makes all the difference.  Call me today to learn more and schedule your 30 minute complimentary consultation.

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4 Responses to “The Power of a Fresh Start”

  1. Christy Bartlett

    So true Scott. Accountability and Action are key. You can have a bad day that leads to your set back but it’s important to drill down and see what led to the bad day to happening. I’ve learned over the years that when I do the drill down and get honest with myself I see that I made several mistakes or planned poorly which set me up for the “bad” day or the failed goal. I think that serious analysis is the difference between successful people and people who make excuses.

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    • Scott Milnes

      Thanks for your comment, Christy. You bring up some powerful points. I agree that when we are experiencing “pain” in any of it’s forms, it’s crucial to trace back and see what our potential part may have been. Like Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living”.

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  2. Julie Simms

    For me, it’s the ability to kindly get myself “back on track.” I used to feel guilty…bad…etc. when I didn’t perform as I thought I should. I’ve learned over the years that no one is perfect. So from now on… I just acknowledge that I’ve gone off track, and gently remind myself of my goals. I think of God’s love for us and how he would guide us. Then as if I’ve fallen down, I “dust myself off” and think of encouraging words that God might speak to help sheep gone astray, and start afresh without feeling bad. The ability to love myself through my failures and lean on God’s direction has helped me stay on track better.

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    • Scott Milnes

      Wow! Julie, you really hit the mark with your comment! I love how you illustrate the concept of self-love and self-acceptance even in the face of not measuring up to our “shoulds”. I think a lot of people get caught in this cycle of “I didn’t do as well as I should’ve” and therefore “I’m wrong” or “I’m bad”, etc. Self-loving gets us way further than self-loathing. And yes, what would a loving God say to his precious child fell short? Something very encouraging and loving. Thanks again for your input!

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