One Week In … 3 Things to Watch For


Long Haul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, here we are … One week into 2015 

Long enough for most of us to return to work, schools open again, the festivity and excitement of the holiday season now just a memory … and, of course, the looming threat of all those bills coming down the pike.

It’s cold for most of the nation, so I assume my American readers are sharing our hopefully short cold winter event, which the National Weather Service reminds us, is NOT a polar vortex.   Whatever … it is really cold and sort of windy outside, with steadily dropping temperatures through the day into what will be a very cold and very long night.   

This is also when the fall-out begins …

You started going to the gym (again) …

You began to clean out that in-box or tackle that stack …

You created a very skillful mind map to organize your work, your business, your life …

You started the change process, maybe fueled by New Year resolutions or maybe just because you thought it was time.   You hunker down and try to make the best of your time and energy.

You are looking for a New Start …

Sounds like a television series, doesn’t it?  ” Watch New Start tonight at 9, as a small, but plucky band of people attempt to create momentum and change in their lives, but run into obstacles.”

Well, now is also when things start to derail, as we fall back into old habits and past behavior.  I see and have experienced this happening in three distinct ways:

We Return to Old Habits…

We often come back to work after a holiday feeling just like we do after attending a really powerful workshop or conference … full of spit and vinegar.  Then the daily grind begins and we sink inexorably into the old routines.  Habits, whether positive or negative, die slow, hard deaths,  but  negative habits which we allow to take us create an extra emotional cost in feelings of failure and inadequacy.

When stressed or challenged, we return to our default …

We Give In to Our Environment… 

We let the temporary environment (weather, work, finances) affect us, instead of moving through and beyond it with our goals firmly in place.  How many of us missed the gym today because it was bitter cold?

We tend to underestimate the impact of our physical, financial, and emotional environments until we feel that impact.  By then, the momentum to go back to what we know is strong.

We let the environment guide our decisions …

We are Distracted by “Other Things” …

Whatever you have planned to change, make better, get on top of, or quit doing this year, you have other things which will claim your attention and energy.  

For example, I planned to start this year off with a massive cleaning out of both digital and physical data, because I drown in a daily stream of information.  A week-long illness which included a two-day hospital visit changed my plans.

Other things come up …

Change is hard … if it were easy, we would all look like film stars, be very succesful and have unlimited resources at our disposal.  Things get in the way, even when we want a change in our lives.  

Just some thoughts to keep in mind as you continue to build your customized version of New Year 2015.

Staying inside, staying warm, and staying focused in the Heartland ….

John

 

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