NEW YEAR, NEW PERSPECTIVE: 2017 RESOLUTIONS

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Toral Shah | 0 Comments

It’s January, the beginning of a bright shiny new year and traditionally the time when people consider making changes to their lives to make them healthier, happier and more fulfilled.  However, fewer than half of all people who make resolutions maintain the changes that they make for over six months with some finding it almost impossible to commit for even a month.
I’ve been one of these people who has failed in the past and it has made me feel even worse than I felt before. So rather than stop doing things this year, instead I am adding things in. Over Christmas I made the below list of my promises for 2017 and scheduled them into my new Passion Planner.
  1. Call one friend or family member who I’ve not spoken to for at least 2 months.
  2. Host a dinner party each month.
  3. Schedule at least 1 hour of book writing each week day.
  4. Honour and love myself - create my week and day and plan in advance including scheduling exercise and meditation.
  5. Trust myself and my gut instinct
  6. Eat more plants - have at least least 1 vegan day a week. 
  7. Move more - walk at least 10,000 steps or 45 minutes of exercise every day.

Passion planner

The thing that has been missing for me is maintaining an empowering context for why I want to make these changes - what am I committed to for my long term future and why am I making these changes?

I had an amazing family reunion over the Christmas holidays and realised that I didn't spend enough time with my friends and family in 2016 and I’d missed the fun that I have with them all. When I came home, I stuck up photos of my family and friends all over one wall in my home and want to add as many as I can fit so that I am constantly reminded of the love that I have for them. This helped to inspire my first two resolutions and I have already made a list of the people to call for the next couple of months as well as planning dinner parties.

Resolutions

The next two goals are really all about scheduling and ensuring that I complete what is most important to me for my 3 month/ 1 year/ 3 year and lifetime goals. The game changer in the passion planner helped me to really focus on what I really want. When I looked at my 2016, I realised that whilst I worked on myself, helped lots of people and participated in some fun projects, I didn’t complete much that brought me nearer to my own short term and longterm goals. At times, I often neglected my own health and wellbeing in favour of trying to help others.

The next goal was more of a reminder - somehow between 2010 and 2015 I stopped trusting myself and my own thoughts. Part of that mistrust was based on my body letting me down - after surviving breast cancer, I didn’t expect to be wheelchair bound after an injury for 6 months. I didn’t trust it would look after me and I then stopped looking after it.  My empowering context which helps me to get out of bed each day is “People are happy and healthy” but that needs to include me - not just others. 

The last two goals fulfil on the promise of trusting myself and looking after myself and the environment. I love food but understand that it is more important to look after the environment and to be a conscious consumer. If we all ate less meat, dairy and fish, we could make a huge impact in helping to sustain the resources that our world provides us with. Eating more plants is a big focus of my upcoming book and I have been learning more about the foods that help to prevent cancer and creating dishes that encompass these foods. 

Finally, moving more makes me feel good and creates an endorphin rush as well as helping to create some brain space. Living in London, it's easy to get out and about and get your steps up while taking in the beautiful architecture and stumbling across great cafes and restaurants at the same time. 

So what do you need to do to ensure that you commit to your resolutions? Any resolutions need to have specific outcomes and ways of measuring results along with being relevant to your future. There's no point committing to run a marathon if you hate running and can’t ever see yourself enjoying it. Look at what you want to achieve in 3 months, a year and in 5 years. For me, knowing why I am committing to these goals and making the time to make these changes makes a huge difference along and knowing that I can inspire my friends and family.

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