Ways to adopt a “can-do” spirit to become a better version of yourself in 2018.
By: SCOTT MAWDESLEY | DEEPER LIFE ADVOCATE & COACH
As a deeper life coach, I must admit that I love the reset of the New Year and the hopes and dreams that come with each new resolution! Although I love the optimism, it also makes me sad that for many, much of the optimism will turn to frustration and disappointment as they quickly give up their resolutions and return to the same old way of living. But, I want you to know that this year can be different and I want to share a simple idea that can make 2018 your best year yet!
In my personal growth and in coaching extensively with others, I have found that often resolutions are grand ideas that are just too difficult to accomplish. We try hard for a few weeks but then walk away with the realization that we just can’t do it. When we set too big of goals, they usually end up being too hard and we quit for good reason.
However, this year, I want to propose a simple way of looking at your resolutions and goals that will give you a “can-do” spirit to become a better version of yourself in 2018. The principle I want to share is perfectly illustrated by the story of my company “Write One Line”, which started because, like most people, I believe in the power and benefits of writing in a journal. The problem is I could never be consistent! So, one day I decided I would make it super simple! I’ll take 60 seconds to “Write One Line” each day in my journal.
It honestly didn’t matter what I wrote, it mattered that I wrote, and guess what? It worked! Why? Because when I set the goal my first thought was, “I can do that!” and now that hundreds of people have begun the “Write One Line” practice, the number one thing I hear from them is the response, “I can do that!” and this is the key. This “I can do that!” response is what will help you reach your 2018 goals. As you sit down in the next few weeks to set your goals and resolutions, I want to encourage you to filter them through the mindset of “I can do that!”
HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLE GOALS:
If you need to start exercising, don’t start with a half-marathon goal, start with a 15 minute walk 3-4 times a week. You can do that!
If you need to start eating better, don’t begin with a vegetable diet, choose one food you can remove from your diet that would bring the biggest health benefit. You can do that!
If you need to strengthen your marriage, don’t start with a date night every week, start with a date night once a quarter. You can do that!
If you will shift your mindset from setting big overwhelming goals that lead to “I can’t do that!”, and instead set small, simple, “I can do that!” kind of goals, you will discover that not only will you accomplish your goals, but in the end, 2018 will become your best year yet! You can do it! Happy New Year!
Scott is Founder, Deeper Life Advocate & Coach at “Write One
Line”, an organization dedicated to leading people into a deeper,
more meaningful life. Go to writeoneline.com for more information.