I was talking last week with some colleagues about new years resolutions. I tried remembering my ones from last year… I’d forgotten them. Long ago… because obviously I didn’t take them very seriously. I jump on the bandwagon each year because I think it’s fun making wishes.
Right now I’m watching a Tony Robbins video on YouTube about new years resolutions – he said 95% of people who make resolutions break them by January 15th. The 15th! Yikes, that’s pretty terrible!
But this year I’m serious. I’m serious about self-care, self-love and self-improvement. There are things I want to do, want to practice and master because I believe they will do me a whole lot of good. The people I follow, my teachers, my guides have been doing these things for years.
I’m sick of wanting to do all these things and ‘not getting around’ to doing them, because ‘I don’t have time’ which really just means I’ve wasted it watching bad TV shows or mindlessly scrolling though social media. As Nike says – Just Do It! And from now on when I want to do something, I will just bloody do it!
Resolution 1 – Meditate Daily
I’ve dabbled in meditation for a few years now; but to feel the full effects it must be part of daily life. Meditation like all things only works if we actually do it. I’m the type of person who loves to ponder things, all day long, like how my life will become totally amazing when I do these things! But then I don’t actually do it. I do something a few times and then get ‘busy’ and forget about it. How do I expect the good effects to take over if I don’t bloody do it hmm? It’s time for me to cut the crap (TV, aimless social media, wasting time) and spend my precious time doing what’s important to me. Whether it’s Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Experience, Kundalini or guided mediation, pretty much any meditation will do, it’s ALL good! Anything that not only brings us peace from our endless torrent of thoughts but also connects us to that something deeper than ourselves is a good thing.
Resolution 2 – Start practicing yoga
Again, another activity I know will do only good things to my mind, body and soul. But I won’t get these good things by only thinking about it now will I?! (Come at me peace, love and happiness!) This year my aim is to be consistent. Now I ain’t gon go crazy and say imma do it every day, twice a week is a good place to start I think. Because twice a week is better than NO times a week right? I’m talking about nice, gentle, beginners yoga. Baby steps. This is all about building good habits.
This resolution should be kind of ‘easy’ since my fave yogi Adriene from ‘Yoga with Adriene’ on YouTube is doing another 30 day yoga challenge for the new year. Yippee! This one even fits into my above resolution since she’s called this series ‘Revolution’. Mmmhmm, I love me some revolution baby! I want that spiritual connection that comes from deep breathing, stillness and ancient practices. That shit gets me high. There must be a reason why yogis look so serene!
Resolution 3 – Be Fit and Healthy
This one is ridiculously overdone each year I know, and with good reason. Hell I’m sure I’ve made this one at least 10 times in my life! As Tony said, resolutions need to pull us to do them. If we need to push ourselves to do them, with will power, we won’t last. Will power never does he says. I want this to be easy, so I’m changing my mindset. Changing it from ‘I need to lose weight’ to ‘I want my body to thrive, be healthy, vibrant and full of energy every day!’ Doesn’t that sound awesome? That is what I want. And from what I can gather, we get there by feeding our body with healthy, nourishing food. So I’m going to feed my body with a shit-tonne of fruit and veggies. Ergo, I will have the energy to exercise! Right?! Right!
(Of course this doesn’t mean that I’m not going to have some chocolate or crap every now and then. I am human and chocolate is delicious. I just need to get real about why I want to eat healthy!)
Resolution 4 – Get enough sleep EVERY night
This one is so tricky because I always perk up at night-time (join the club, I know) then I’m cranking and want to get shit done; learn shit, watch shit, read shit, so I’m like ‘I don’t need sleep! I’ll be like Tony Robbins or Lilly Singh and only have a few hours sleep and I will be so productive like them ARRGGGHHH!’ Then the alarm sounds and I’m crying into my pillow because I’m SO DAMN TIRED and WHY did I stay up late?! What was I thinking?! I NEED 8 hours sleep dammit!
So this year I will have a sleep revolution like Arianna Huffington. Let’s see how much more I get done of what I actually want to achieve (exercise, look and feel good) if I get enough sleep?! They say getting enough sleep is key to so many things. I’ve made myself a night-time routine. It’s time to stick to it!
And hey, who knows, maybe even the permanent bags under my eyes will go away?!
Basically, get my shit together!
So basically my goal is to adult correctly. Like my mentors and gurus do.
I know that sometimes (ok probably a lot of the time) that’s just not going to happen. I am learning, I am not a master… yet. So I’m also not going to beat myself up or go on a guilt trip about it when I slip or stumble. But this year I’m committed. I’ll refocus on what I want, why I want it and imagine feeling awesome as if I have already succeeded!
I really just want to do the best I can for my body, mind and soul. I want to nourish my body, feed my mind and soothe my soul. These resolutions are vows to treat myself with love and respect. I’m 30 now, the age doctors say we need to really start taking care of ourselves, making healthy habits a priority which will hopefully carry us into a long, old, happy life.
Here’s one last gem from Tony, he says “If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” Which is why I read Gabrielle Bernstein and Arianna Huffington, attempt Yoga with Adriene, follow Tony Robbins, Oprah, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay and many more teachers who have all mastered the resolutions I want to master. Correction: The resolutions I WILL master.
Here’s the link to the Tony Robbins New Year New You YouTube video series if you wanna check it out.
Please let me know some of your resolutions below. I love talking about this stuff!
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