There is something exciting about opening a new calendar. Empty days waiting to be filled with whatever we choose.
The best time to begin a new habit is when there is a change. As has been for years, the change of a new year brings forth resolutions and desires for change for most everyone. These changes almost always incorporate establishing new habits.
As you begin preparing for the next 366 days of your life, I wanted to provide a journal suggestion as you consider new habits or changes in your life.
Look at your world from two perspectives. If you are desiring to become healthier, lose weight or change careers, write down what your world will look like this time next year once you have made the changes. Perhaps you will be running with a running group several times a week or you will easily make healthy recipes without cravings for the unhealthy. If you are desiring a new job, write down how you will be working. Perhaps you will be working less time or in a different environment.
For the second part of the exercise, write down what your world will look like if you do not make the changes you are desiring. Perhaps your weight will have increased or you will physically not be feeling well. If you don’t make changes for your career, will you be struggling with the same unhappiness.
Which scenario are you comfortable with? I often use this exercise with clients who are desiring to make a change but are fearful. Recently a client who was considering divorce journaled that she knew she would be happier once she left her marriage and even saw that she would have more time for things that she loved.
Time will go by regardless of what you are doing with it. The positive is that each new day brings forth the opportunity to make changes and work towards what we are desiring.
Where will you be in a year? What do you want to do with these 366 days before you?
My goal this year is to continue providing suggestions on how to make the best life possible. I hope you will continue to join me.