By Suzie Doscher
How about looking at the New Year 2014 as being the year of moving forward and making the kind of changes that stick forever, instead of making New Year's Resolutions?
Try something new Instead of focusing on the classic New Year's Resolutions, such as these:
How about shifting your focus to growing and developing, that is, Personal Growth and Development instead?
You will find out that having a Personal Growth approach to the New Year will automatically lead to resolving many of the ‘resolutions’ you would have made otherwise. In fact, with time most probably all of the habits you wish to change will be replaced with more calming, satisfying, fulfilling and healthier ones. You will feel better, look better and be a better person. You will be the person you, in fact, already are underneath the bad habits.
The same amount of thought, time and dedication will go into growing and developing on an overall personal level as would into one New Year's resolution. However, the results will most certainly be better and most importantly, will be sustainable -- with practice.
During our lifetimes we never stop growing, developing and learning. This of course means changing. With each step you take on the path of personal growth, things will change, therefore you will experience life differently. Imagine walking down a road and the view never changes. This just will not happen. In reality, each step brings a new view and perspective. Life and all it encompasses changes all the time -- sometimes almost daily. It is exciting and rewarding to grow, develop and change. Plus it allows you to let go of some habits that no longer serve you.
Personal Growth and Development involves making choices that are right for you. One way to do this is to reconnect to your Core Values. This is one of the earlier steps you learn on when working with a Life Coach. Here are some examples of the path of personal growth:
• Knowing your core values makes finding more time for yourself and family a lot easier, as you will have the motivation to do so.
• Once you realize exactly what it means to you to feel good in your body and all the other benefits of taking care of yourself, you find it easier to eat healthier, stop smoking, lose weight, etc.
• Once you learn how to clear the clutter out of your brain, you might love the concept of exercising. (Exercise decreases the amount of cortisol, a stress hormone, and increases the release of endorphins. The result is a natural boost for your mood). To me there is little more rewarding than exercising first thing in the morning to clear any clutter out of my mind which has not ‘settled’ over night while sleeping. If I get up and exercise, this guarantees me a better and more constructive day.
• You can learn to replace the behaviour of the habits you wish to change with better, more rewarding behaviors.
The idea of starting on the path of personal growth and development rather than thinking in terms of New Year's Resolutions, offers you a new start on many levels.
Anyway, according to researcher Richard Wiseman, 88% of all New Year's Resolutions set by Americans fail. This equals 156 million people disappointed in themselves. That is a lot of disappointment!
Maximise your return by putting your energy into personal growth and development, rather than New Year's resolutions. The dividend will not only benefit you, but also last and help motivate, support and encourage you. If you are ready for change, you will enjoy this way of moving forward. Growing on a personal level brings lasting change with the essential life skills you acquire. (Click to see more on: Personal Growth)