We are delighted to share a blog piece written by Willorna Brock, the piece is entitled, 'How to be kind to yourself and face the year ahead'.
You can find Willorna on LinkedIn: Here and on Twitter: @llondaLB
Over to Willorna
January is almost over. How has it been for you? I feel much more energised now and ready to face the year now than I did on 1 Jan. January 1 perhaps is not a good time to start thinking about facing a new year. January can be a difficult month. Apart from the weather, (if you are in the Northern hemisphere) after the excitement of Christmas, it is just such an anti-climax to enter a new month, new year, and the angst that goes with thinking of what lies in the year ahead. Then there is the plethora of information on all things new year, new you, new year resolutions, how to become a better person etc.
Forget all that and allow the new year to arrive and ease yourself gently in.
Goals not resolutions
I no longer set new year resolutions. Instead, I set myself a list of things I would like to see happen in the new year.
We set ourselves up to fail, making ‘resolutions’ which by 15 January go completely out of the window…old habits die hard. Change does not happen overnight. We know that.
It’s been reported that 80% of new year’s resolutions fail. If you are still making resolutions which you struggle to stick to my advice is to do the following:
•Reflect on the past year/s – What went well? What did I learn? What could I have done better?
•Write a few SMART goals or objectives (google SMART if you don’t know what this means)
•Break these goals into the different areas of your life that they fall into – career, finances, relationships, religion, education etc.
•Do a mind-map/brainstorm, make a list of the actions that you need to take to make things happen.
•Make a plan of how you will achieve them and try to stick to the plan
•Review these goals regularly, and change them if they are not working for you
•If you get out of schedule, just get back on where you left off. Don’t be too hard on yourself
•Don’t be afraid to change your plan. Life is a journey and things evolve.
•Focus on you, what you want to achieve and no one else.
•Stay in your lane.
•We get bogged down so much by ‘achievement’ that we sometimes lose ourselves and it becomes all about competition.
•Feel good about yourself. We are all here on earth with our own purpose, each one of us regardless of what job we perform is adding some sort of value to society. There is much to be said for someone who wakes up, goes to work, earns an honest living and contributes to the greater good.
I will leave you with this story about JFK and the cleaner at the NASA space centre in 1962.
During a visit to the NASA space centre, President John Kennedy, noticed a cleaner carrying a broom. He walked over to him and said, "Hi, I'm Jack Kennedy. What are you doing?"
"Well, Mr. President," the cleaner responded, "I'm helping put a man on the moon."
To most people, this man was just cleaning the building. But the fact is, he was helping to make history.
The lesson learnt is, No matter how large or small your role, you are contributing to the bigger picture… in your life, in your company, and society in general.
Hope 2022 works out well for you, whatever you wish to see happen.
Thank you so much to Willorna for allowing us to share her lovely piece, highlighting how we can show kindness to ourselves throughout the year ahead.
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Thank you once again to Willorna, a lovely piece to end the month with.
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