Tired of all these disappointing times when New Year’s resolutions have lasted a couple of weeks before we dropped them or forgot them, most of us have given up even trying to set them. “New Year’s resolution? Never mind!”
Yet, don’t you secretly dream that this new year could be a little different, a little better, maybe it could be the year of a real personal development, or even the year of a positive change in your life?
This year, not a list of objectives which are impossible to achieve but rather a bit of time for yourself to identify an objective that is really important to you while starting 2018.
In the first place: A profound yet dynamic self-awareness.
Profound because for your resolution to bring you something strong, durable and fully satisfying, it should be related to your deep-Self and not to your ego or to a passing wish. One tends to imagine the Self as something static but yet it is extremely liberating to think about who we are as being in movement, with a dynamic reality. Remember the person you were in early 2017, the thoughts that cluttered your mind, your internal state, your physical shape, your mood. Is it exactly the same now?
Thus it is to your Self of this beginning of 2018 that these resolutions should be addressed.
Step 1: A few questions to re-acquaint yourself with your present Self.
- In what stage of your life are you? I suggest a very simplified model: period of construction, period of maturation or period of harvest.
- What are the ones of your roles which today are important to you? Parent, professional, friend, child, spouse, other?
- What is your body telling you? Exhaustion, energy, need for movement, need for well-being, tension, relaxation, etc.?
- What have you been proud of or satisfied with in 2017?
- Which compliment has especially touched you? What does that tell you about yourself?
Give time to these reflections to make their way and to anchor before you move on to step 2.
Let them accompany you in a moment of calm, of relaxation where you can be alone with your own thoughts.
Step 2: Your current aspirations.
- What more do you pursue today?
- What less do you pursue today?
- What difference are you seeking for today?
- What do you expect from fulfilling these aspirations that is really important to you? What is there essential to you?
Of all these things that have come to your mind, which one induces emotion, which one resonates most in you, or which one provokes pleasant dreams?
Step 3: At this point, you start sensing which directions are tempting to take and which are most important to you.
- What do you need to happen in your life to feel satisfied, at the end of 2018, with your progress filling the gap between current situation and targeted situation?
- Note this as Your Goal.
How will you feel when you will have achieved this goal, what will you tell to yourself? What will you then think of yourself? What will make others realise that you have reached your goal?
Step 4: The very first little step.
- What could be the smallest possible step you could make toward this goal? This must be something you can proceed with in the next couple of weeks.
- What could still prevent you from performing this in the coming 2 weeks?
- Modify your first smallest step possible until nothing can stop you from actually doing it within two weeks.
Step 5: Surround yourself with people with the type of energy that might fail you to be able to keep moving forward beyond the first small step.
Identify and write down at least 1 resource person and share your resolution with him/her. Ask him/her formally for his/her support.
Step 6: Plan how you will celebrate the successful achievement of your 2018 resolution.
Make an appointment in your agenda with yourself or with those you want to be part of the celebration of this success.
I wish you a lot of success in achieving your 2018 resolution and a wonderful year 2018!! Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. Read more article from Sandrine on the blog.