The Power of a Fresh Start
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”.
“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……
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