I caught the newspaper headline just as I was zipping out of the gym early this morning . . . “New Choices in the New Year”. I like it! That headline captures the spirit, hope and energy that as a professional coach I hope to bring to all my coaching and training clients. It speaks to recognizing our own personal power in creating a future that we truly want at this time in our lives.
And that’s what we’re all thinking about this first week of January as the new year gets underway. It may be a renewed commitment to a regular exercise schedule; healthier eating; more sleep; better time and energy management or a different career path. This is a natural time to look back over the past year to see what has worked well and what hasn’t; what changes need to be made to move forward and then to use that wisdom to proactively plan for a “prosperous new year”.
The Power of Choice
Let’s be honest and recognize that it’s all about choices . . . and it’s all within our personal power. Everyday we make multiple choices – some move us closer to our positive year-long goals but other choices are made when we are hurried and stressed. These are the choices that often distract or even derail us from what we really want in our lives. It can be tempting to blame these poor choices on other people or outside circumstances but in all honesty we always have control over how we respond to these situations – even though we may not want to admit it.
Slow Down to Make Good Choices
So what’s the secret to making good choices for ourselves? Bottom line . . . slow down and think about your choice before you commit yourself. Make it a habit. Push the pause button and think about how this choice may support or distract you from a higher priority goal. That brief pause gives you a chance to think before acting.
But since daily life does move fast, don’t be too hard on yourself for making a few snap choices that you later find yourself regretting . . . it happens to all of us. The good news is that as we get older and wiser that pause button gets much easier to push!