Rest, Regroup, Restart

Rest, Regroup, Restart

Soooo…it’s almost the end of January.  Were you one of the many people who made resolutions at the end of 2014 to improve your 2015? Maybe it was not a resolution; maybe it was a goal, or a proclamation. Whatever you want to call it, on December 31, 2014 you looked out into 2015 and told yourself that something had to change. And now you’ve fallen off the wagon and are wondering why you even tried. I’m here to tell you, don’t give up!

Here are 3 things you can do to get back on track:

  1. REST. Be it your mind, your body, preferably both. Regardless of the goal you set for yourself, take some time to relax. This means stop thinking about it. Stop working at it. And just be. Giving your mind and your body a chance to rest allows them to reset. More than likely, you’ve been working really hard this month and it’s natural that you would lose steam.
  2. REGROUP. Now that you’ve had some time to recover, think back to why you set this goal for yourself. What is the big picture? This is your intention. And just like when you come to your mat, coming back to your intention, when things get tough or you lose sight of your path, can help center you. Write down your intention for 2015! Make a vision board! Write a letter to yourself envisioning what you want to celebrate on December 31, 2015. Then seal the letter and open it on New Year’s Eve. Studies show that activities such as these help cement goals in our minds and before you know it, you’ve achieved it.
  3. RESTART. Now that you are rested and centered, it’s time to get going. But not like you did before. Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This is the time to try a new approach. If you know someone who has achieved what you are working towards, ask them for advice. Do some research to identify different methods to reach your goal. Then set a plan and go for it.

Setbacks are part of the process. Instead of viewing them as failures, use them as learning opportunities. Each time you try, you learn something more about yourself and the process. These lessons are invaluable and might even apply to other aspects of your life. So embrace them. Remember, fall down 7 times, get up 8…Happy 2015!

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