There is one thing about the New Year that most of us don’t want to admit.
By the end of January’s first week, we already feel we have failed.
Whether we have blown our New Year resolutions, neglected to set any goals and intentions for the year, or are still unwinding and regrouping from all the holiday activities, the general vibe we may be getting from around us is that we are BEHIND!
Typical to so much of what society tells us about modern-day life, we need to be off and running with hyper focus, energy, and a complete list of amazing goals by the end of that first week of January! OMG, really???
If you are NOT there, please don’t feel bad! You are not behind and have NOTHING to feel bad about. Please do not stress out here. I’ll even go one step further to say where you are is perfect for you!
Underneath all the start-of-the-year activity is a limiting story we must wake up and see. Here it is: Society’s standards and practices may not be ours! We each have our own internal compass that knows what our timing is. When we buy into society’s standard vs. our own, we will feel bad in some way, like we are less than or not measuring up to a standard that isn’t even our own.
Remember these three things for a joyful and successful year:
- Just because it is a new CALENDAR year does not mean YOU need to start your year on January 1! We each have our own cycle of how we like to live, lead, and achieve, and if we buy into the belief that we have to start fresh on January 1, then we may be limiting our joy, success, and fulfillment.
- Part of living with grace, ease, joy, and flow is honoring YOUR natural rhythms and cycles. Pay attention to what your body tells you, then give yourself what you need. I want to hibernate a bit after the holidays. My body, mind, and spirit need some space and a break to rest, rejuvenate, and re-energize before diving into a new set of intentions and goals for the year. My new year starts sometime between the second and third weeks of January, and that not only is perfectly OK with me, but it feels so energizing to let my ideas slowly develop over the first couple of weeks. What is your pattern? Have you noticed it? If you are not quite there yet, do #3 below!
- Forge a deeper connection with your body, mind, and spirit. Plan time in your schedule to just BE still and listen. You may be amazed by what you learn. Our bodies (like the universe) are talking to us 24/7. One of our biggest “jobs” is to pay attention to what it is telling us, without judgment, overthinking, or over-explaining. Creating this deeper connection will bring more ease and flow to your life.
Where are you in following your own natural rhythm? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below.