Happy New Year, my beautiful friends!
This is a potentially unpopular opinion, but the whole concept of New Year’s resolutions just does not resonate with me. No judgement if that’s your jam but let me explain. I’d much rather make some New Year’s habits.
The rebel in me doesn’t like the fact that with resolutions there is an assumption that my life plan is contingent on someone else’s time construct/calendar. Who even came up with that anyway?!
I’m a big fan of leaning into the seasons of life we’re in, despite what the date is. If you feel like you wanna start a new workout routine on a random Wednesday in April, it should be ok for you to feel like you can go for it! Why must we wait around for a new year, new month, or a Monday to do the thing?
I also feel that the typical “New Year, New You” marketing that’s crammed down our throats this time of year is, quite frankly, dangerous.
Especially in the health and wellness industry. If it hasn’t happened to you already, trust me that you are about to be hit with an onslaught of campaigns that will attempt to convince you that you need to make some massive changes, for no other reason than it’s January.
As a health and wellness coach running a brand and business in this industry, I wrestle with this every year. On one hand, I want to take advantage of the energy and excitement and help you reach your goals. And on the other, it worries me because I think this mentality can be detrimental to your mental and emotional health.
This type of marketing is dangerous because it has the ability to make us believe that the person we were in 2020 is broken. That there’s something that needs to be fixed or made new in order for us to achieve “success.”
Listen to me right now. We do NOT need a “new” you. We need a YOU you. Exactly as you are. Showing up in all of your magic.
I fully believe you have all of the keys inside of you to unlock your next level of ____ (health, relationship, career, etc.). Truly. All of them.
You might just need some new or different habits to help get you there.
So instead of making a list of resolutions (most of which will probably fall to the wayside in a few weeks if we’re being honest), let’s turn our intentions to identifying the HABITS that we need to add/remove/tweak/uplevel.
Here are some examples of what I mean:
Resolution: I’m gonna eat clean this year!
Habit: I meal plan so I can eat 3 servings of non-starchy veggies per day.
Resolution: I’ll go to the gym everyday and get rock hard abs.
Habit: I schedule a walk three times a week.
Resolution: I’m going to have better self-care!
Habit: I actively practice mindfulness once a day with a short meditation.
Do you see the difference? You’re also much more likely to be successful getting some better habits in place, than having big resolutions that set you up for failure.
Every time. I think I need to get that printed on a t-shirt, eh?
If you need help getting started, check out Episode 3 of the podcast on Habit Stacking: The easiest way to make a new habit that sticks.
Pop a comment below and tell me, what are one or two new year’s habits you need to change or implement in 2021?
Perhaps more importantly, HOW are you gonna get it done?
Wishing you clarity, ease, and and self-compassion in 2021. That’s all we really need anyway.