A Chance to Start Anew

At the start of the calendar year, you were excited about your goals and ready to tackle so many projects. But by a few months in, things may have changed. How are you doing with your goals and intentions for the year?

We hope you’ve accomplished at least one. But if you have not, don’t be so hard on yourself. Change and progress take time.

Maybe you haven’t even started working on your goals for this year. That’s OK. Although a new year on the calendar is a nice time to start something new, there’s no reason to let timing hold you back from trying again. After all, we made up our calendar system. Based on the lunar calendar, China celebrated its new year February 8. If you need a “new year” type date to start over, that’s one option. Spring is March 20. That’s another opportunity.

But if you think about it, each day is a chance to start over. Steve Maraboili, the author of Life, the Truth and Being Free, says: “This new day has greeted us with no rules; unconditional opportunity. Do not dilute the power of this new day with the hardship of yesterday. Greet this day the way it has greeted you; with open arms and endless possibility.”

With that in mind, what’s holding you back from starting fresh on your 2016 goals? Here are some common hangups that keep people from making progress:

  1. Problem: Taking on too much at once. It’s easy to get excited about the “new” you and start signing up for the gym, a class at the local community college, an online class, and agree to volunteer for a project or event in your community. But soon you realize you don’t have time for it all.
    Solution: Step back and list your goals. Then choose one to work on at a time.
  2. Problem: Not considering the time/energy needed for your goal. Even if you have just one or two goals, they might be taking more time or effort than you had estimated.
    Solution: Rework your time map. You may also need to give up some other activity in exchange for your new goal.
  3. Problem: Inside clutter. We all live in our heads, and sometimes, our heads interfere with us moving forward. There’s a lot of junk rolling around up there and not all of it is positive. Those negative thoughts may be holding you back.
    Solution: Find a way to ignore the voices that say you cannot do something, even if it’s because you have failed before. Thomas Edison tried to create a lightbulb 10,000 times before it worked. You can succeed, too. Maybe it’s as simple as hanging positive sayings around your house so you can reinforce the positive. But you may also consider speaking to a therapist or productivity coach about your inside clutter so you can clear the way to your goals.
  4. Problem: You started your goal, but now you’re not sure it’s the right one. As you began working on your goal or intention, perhaps something doesn’t feel right. Yet because you set this goal, you feel like you must see it through.
    Solution: Change goals. Reframe it slightly or give it a complete overhaul. Or just dump it out the window and start over. Life is too short to waste time.

Are you ready to start over? We leave you with this, and hope it inspires you to try, try again on your goals for the year!

“The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.”
― Arnold Bennett


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