2. Pick 1-2 areas you genuinely want to prioritize in your life. Keep these broad but be clear. Don’t fall victim to the societal traps- keep it personal and know without a shadow of a doubt that these priorities matter to you now and will continue to matter.
3. Do it differently. If you find yourself really wanting to work on the same things that come up every year for you- promise yourself that this year you’re going to do it differently. And I’m not talking about “actually getting serious this time” (Hell no!), I’m talking about if you want to really move your body more- pick a gateway that you’ve never tried, that’s totally attainable, and really fun for you. So instead of buying a gym membership where the route you take to get there drains the life from you and the only time you can get there is at 5am when you hate waking up early- instead just say, for the next 2 weeks, I’m going to park as far away as I can from the entrance to everywhere I have to go and that’s how I’m going to get more steps in. Or I’ve always loved hula hooping so I’m going to do that 10 minutes a day. Do. It. Differently.
My last and final thought here is the most important one: life is really hard sometimes. We’re all different. Some of us feel a lot of energy and inspiration at the start of a new year, and others of us feel drained from the dark days and the holidays. There’s nothing wrong with prioritizing rest, renewal, and healing.
In our yang focused culture (i.e. do, achieve, move, fast, express) it can be really challenging to prioritize yin qualities (calm, slow, stillness, receive, feel, flow). I’d love to see a world full of people who embrace the balance of both yin and yang- but especially in their approach to setting the goals for their well-being.
We deserve to love ourselves and to give ourselves complete permission to work on the things that genuinely matter to us and the quality of our life.
If you’d like more on this, check out the 2022 New Year Mindset: Dos and Dont’s Podcast episode below or wherever you get your podcasts: