A new take on New Years resolutions
I’ve always had a bit of a love / hate relationship with New Year and everything that goes with it.
While I understand the cathartic nature of starting anew, I’ve always thought that if you want to change something in your life, whether it be yourself, your job, your health, your relationships with others, the best time to do it is surely now and not an arbitrary date on the calendar. But I also understand that the need to step away from the old and embrace the new sometimes requires that extra little impetus, that thing that only something like a New Year can bring. Hence the love / hate situation.
Over the years I’ve made many New Years resolutions and like the majority of people out there there’s generally a theme, in essence they’re the same ones every year……..
– lose weight
– eat healthier
– do more exercise
– watch less TV
– stop procrastinating
So even though this year the resolutions are much the same, my approach is going to be ever so slightly different……. and it’s all down to Disney.
Over the holidays I’ve watched a lot of Frozen, I have a four year old niece and she is totally obsessed!! After watching the film I can kinda understand why. It’s awesome. With Frozen, a film about female empowerment, conquering your fears and being true to who you really are, Disney have really knocked it out of the park.
But what does Frozen have to do with New Years resolutions??
Well, like any good Disney film the main song is super catchy and stays in your head for days (especially when you have to perform it with said four year old to your entire family…. several times…… whilst being videoed!!) It’s called ‘Let It Go‘ and in case you have no small humans in your life you can check it out here (don’t worry it’s the original, not my niece and I!).
The song is essentially about Elsa letting go of the image she has had to project of herself and becoming free of the restrictions that she and her parents have placed on her her whole life, as the title suggests she let’s it all go.
This year I’m going to try and follow Elsa’s example, I’m going to get out of my own way and just let it go.
If I put on a pair of jeans and they’re a little tight, rather than falling into the pit of ‘I’m soooo fat’ self loathing, I’m just going to let it go and adjust my lifestyle slightly until they fit comfortably again.
If I have a couple of days of eating badly, rather than dwell on it and probably eat more junk food because all I’m thinking about is junk food, I’m just going to let it go and start again.
If I go a week without doing any real exercise, rather than beat myself up about it…… for probably another week….. I’m just going to let it go, put on my running shoes and do some exercise.
If I find myself procrastinating, being ‘busy’ doing ‘nothing’ and generally just putting things off till mañana, I’m going to have a quiet word with myself, revisit my plan for the year and then rather than focusing on the negatives, I’m going to let it go, pull my **** together and get on with something positive that actually helps me work towards my goals.
Generally I’m going to try to spend less time thinking about doing stuff and more time actually doing it. If things don’t go my way rather than over analyse the negatives I’m going to try to just deal with it, let it go and move on to the next project, after all as Suzy Kassem said:
“doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”
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