Can you believe it? We're just over halfway through 2015 now! I for one got a wake up call the other day when I realised six months had gone already - I looked through my goals for the year and realised I'd basically achieved nothing, I'd barely even started on anything. There was a time when such a realisation would have stopped me in my tracks. I'd've given up. "I'll start changing my life next year" or "what's the point in trying to hit my goals when I've already 'wasted' six months of this year" I'd say to myself.
However, as I mentioned in my last Instavixen post, I've had a massive mental shift recently and along with that mental shift, I decided to blow the dust off my goals and have a big rethink about what I can and what I really want to achieve this year.
It's not too late to make 2015 your best year yet.
First of all, let's address the notion that 1st January is the only time you can start afresh. Let me let you in on a little secret here, not only does it not have to be the first day of the new year, it doesn't have to be Monday, the first of the month, your birthday, whatever, either. If you decide you want to make a change, you have to make it then and there.
I'm so guilty of this. I love starting news things on a Monday and if it's Monday 1st, even better. I also like to have certain conditions in place before I start something. For example, when I was trying to quit smoking, I would always say "I will stop after I have finished this packet." Then, I'd get to my last cigarette halfway through the day, panic about what I was going to do before bed, and end up buying a new packet. Perhaps if I'd just thrown a packet away and quit then and there, I'd've made a much more stronger commitment and stopped then and there.
Healthy eating is another one. I'd decide halfway through the week I was going to dramatically change my diet...but only on Monday after I'd had time to "say goodbye" to all my favourite yet insanely fatty and sugar foods.
In the last few weeks, I've left go of the idea of the "perfect time" and already, I'm seeing the benefits. I'd meant to start a whole new regime on the first Monday in July, you know, start the second half of the year as I meant to go on, and it just didn't happen. Yet, instead of giving up like I would have done in the past, I decided I wasn't going to wait for the "perfect time" I was going to try again right now.
I started my current diet plan on a Saturday, not a Monday.
On Tuesday, I messed up completely (damn you Domino's!)
On Wednesday, I was back on it, rather than waiting for Monday to "start again."
If you want to make a change, if you want to make 2015 your best year yet, you have to commit to it now. No dilly-dallying, start something right now.
One instrumental tool in making 2015 the best year of my life so far has been Leonie Dawson's Create Your Shining Year 2015 workbook. I've been buying these workbooks since 2013 now and lemme tell you, they're amazing.
Thousands of women turn to this tool each year and I am proud to be one of them. I have a very chaotic and loud mind - while all the ideas and plans I need are in there, without any structure, in my head they will remain. Leonie helps me visualise what I want and what I need to do to get it and writing it down means I actually remember things. There's some insane statistic out there that's something like you are 95% more likely to achieve goals if you write them down.
Don't just take my word for it either, Leonie herself has written a blog post about why it's never too late to start building the life of your dreams.
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