Hello 2015. Time to resume. Back to work, back to school, or just back to day-to-day, and perhaps our old routines. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a very long break and it feels so much harder to get back into a groove.
This got me thinking; are we still inclined to return back to our OLD routines in a NEW year just because it’s comfortable? Or have we thought about changing it up? Indeed it’s a perfect opportunity to do so.
I would say that if your old routines are still working for you, there’s no reason to fix what’s not broke. But if you are slipping back to the same old routines that no longer inspire you to do better or be better, perhaps it’s time to implement a change.
If you find yourself trudging through the days more robotically, rather than sprinting through 2015 as you thought you would, here’s some encouraging thoughts to chew on.
Time. Give yourself some time to get your mojo back. It’s only the first week of January. It takes time to acknowledge what’s no longer working for you. Personal change happens very slowly, so let it. If you pay close attention, you will know if you are correctly aligned. You will feel this.
Organize. Engage yourself. To channel your cognitive self, simply start with organizing anything. Any space, any drawer, any counter. When you ask yourself “how will I organize this?” or “how do I feel about that?” it invites self-discovery. I always say that the process of organizing teaches you so much about yourself. It can be very clarifying and eye-opening.
Shift. Even one small realization can shift your thinking. No need to re-invent yourself. Open yourself up and you will evolve naturally. Make small shifts, not monumental changes. Walk in those new shoes for awhile and find your rhythm.
There’s lots of pressure to live up to the “New Year, New You” campaign. And while it is a highly motivating concept, there are those that suggest this implies there’s something wrong with the old you. To that I say with implicit conviction, just be “better,” not newer.