As summer fades into fall, life changes and we internally sense it. Our lives go back to our usual, scheduled routine. It’s back to work! It’s back to normal! Here in the Northeast, we anticipate the cold, long, dark winter to come.
This is another great point in the year to reassess our goals that we set when the new year rolled in. Three months to go and a lot of holiday stress and busyness ahead. This is the quiet before the storm… A perfect time for revision and re-evaluation. Where are we in regard to our plans? What did we hope to accomplish? How do we want to feel? Have we gotten there or do we need to set some new short-term goals to get back on track?
Change can be difficult. That’s why many of us have the same resolutions year after year. We get stuck in our comfort zone and familiar patterns that aren’t necessarily in our best interest. If they were, they wouldn’t be something we wanted to change! So, why do we stick with them? They’re easy and don’t require any excess energy. They’re safe. Are we happy? no, but easy can win out more than we’d like to admit.
What can we do about it?
- We can plow through head first into the change with all we’ve got and lots of gumption and single-minded focus! This is definitely not the most comfortable approach, but the results can come quickly. You just need to retain it afterwards until it becomes a new ingrained habit (your new comfort zone).
- We can embrace the change in small, incremental steps that are more manageable and more comfortable. This attains the desired outcome if you are persistent and can see it through till the end.
- We can find help. This gives us support and accountability. We are not alone. We get other points of view which may even guide us in a better direction than the one we were expecting. It can be fun and much less painful and thereby, providing lasting change.
What does change have to do with you?
I’m sure there is something you’d like to do differently. Something that would bring more happiness into your life. Maybe you’d like a different approach to reduce the stress in your life or free up some time in your schedule for creative projects or hobbies. Many of us put our self-care last on our lists when it should be number one. You hear it all the time. Sleep issues, increased stress, no time for exercise or eating right, drinking water or even flossing!! (and that takes one minute a day).
Let me extend a helping hand.
You have your choice.
- I have a great tool that I use with myself and clients to guide our daily choices toward healthier ones. It also reminds you how far you’ve come. It’s what I like to call my daily notes. (See the link at the bottom of this page).
- If you know you need more accountability and direction, you can sign up for my free health consultation. This is where we will sit down and make a plan together that will be just for you and your needs. http://healthwithpaula.com/health-history/
What are you waiting for? This is the best time to start. Get ready for your happy adventures and to kiss your old resolutions to the curb!