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New Year resolutions, ‘a to-do list for the first week of January.’ What are you doing this week that is new? Will it be a once-off? Are resolutions just a waste of time? 

I don’t think so.

If you want to commit to being the best person you can be and follow your dreams, then a good resolution helps by setting an intention for the year. Let’s face it, following your dreams is a process, not an action and requires taking a long view and being kind to yourself when you revert to old ways- as we all do at times. What are your intentions for this year? If you haven’t done so already, write them down. How will you live your best life this year? This year I will…

This year I will maintain a daily meditation practice. To stop reverting to old ways we have to consciously train our brains and create new neural pathways. Was we learn to focus, we become aware of our monkey mind chattering on 24/7 and we can decide to run it rather than have it run us. 

This is what meditation does for me. It trains me to watch my thoughts and to turn down or laugh at the unhelpful ones. Just ten minutes daily makes all the difference and if you are interested, there are plenty of apps out there to get you started (one I’d personally recommend is Insight Timer). No time? Then set the alarm for ten minutes earlier.

Routines are the regular practices that underlie our achievements. They turn intention into small steps, the bite-size chunks that we do every day or every week to get where we want to go in our relationships, our work and our lives.

So, if you want to progress your goals this year, start now by developing a new routine based on your intentions for the year. It can be as simple as, ‘before breakfast I will meditate for ten minutes’ or ‘before bed I will anticipate tomorrow and list priorities.’ 

Then show up and do the work, re-read your goals weekly to keep on track and be kind to yourself. Do these steps and I think you’re in for a great year!