December/January is naturally a time of reflection and resetting. As you reflect on the year gone and the year ahead, I encourage you to do so with grace, gratitude and kindness – both for yourself and those around you.
In the past when I thought about change I often feared failure. More recently I’ve had the insight that often what I actually fear more is success. Why? Firstly, succeeding requires me to be different. Secondly, succeeding requires me to step into an unknown future. Three mindset shifts have helped me through this fear:
1. Acknowledge change and sacrifice
2. Acknowledge unease and ambiguity
3. Hold gratitude for the choices you have
When it comes to creating personal change we often focus on strengthening our vision, setting specific goals, increasing our motivation and exercising willpower. These are all important elements of change, however, most of our daily behaviours and outcomes are driven by our regular habits. Our habits are essentially the small decisions, actions, practices and routines we do everyday. Our habits express who we are and the kind of life we live.
Lifting weights at the gym is my happy place. My time out. My meditation. My space for trying new things and growing a little stronger each day – mind, body and soul. But it hasn’t always been like that. At various points the gym has been an intimidating and uncomfortable place. This is my gym journey…
When you’re working towards any type of goal or change, a key part of long term success comes from your ability (or super-ability) to trust the process and have faith in yourself. Once you are clear on the why, what and how of your goal, then it becomes about continuously “doing the work” that will …
I love to exercise. Exercise leaves me feeling energised, strong and happy. Over the past few years, exercise has been a consistent part of my daily routine (this hasn’t always been the case – see my story). Yesterday was different! I was full of reasons why I couldn’t do a run that I had committed …