SI 012: Have you slipped up yet?

Happy New Year! 🥳🎉

Okay, okay, I'm a bit late to the party on this one...

But January is a pretty hectic time for me, so getting going on new projects at the start of the year is not the best idea.

Jan 1st is a family day, to celebrate the New Year. I'm a bigger fan of NYD than NYE.

Jan 4th the kids went back to school, so before that date we're still wayyyy out of routine.

But then that week is only 3 days, and most of that is catching up with what I missed while offline for 2.5 weeks, plus finishing off my university coursework which was due in on Monday 9th and Thursday 12th.

The week after that was a write off, because it was my birthday on Tuesday 10th and then I was away in Bristol for a couple of days, so again no projects could be started in earnest.

But then I had two exams on Monday 16th and Thursday 19th, so I was in last-minute cram mode - and Saturday 21st was my youngest daughter's 8th birthday - no time for new projects.

And so it continues...

I'm just getting rolling with a few things.

But many people have already tried to make huge changes, faced similar barriers to myself, 'failed', and have sacked the whole thing off until 2024.

Does this sound familiar?

If so, this message is for you:

Reflect on what you set out to do, and why.

If something hasn't stuck, look at why that is... was it the wrong goal - something you felt you should do, rather than something you actually wanted to?

Was the goal right, but you tried to change too much too soon?

Rewind a little, and simplify.

Decide what 3-4 tiny daily habits you could change to move you a little closer to that goal.

Habits that you know you could achieve, even if they don't seem like they'll change much... the goal is to get them to stick so you end the year in a different place, not to get huge results in the next few weeks.

Change is hard, don't make it any harder than necessary.

What have you been trying to change?

Let me know in a comment, always up for a conversation 😊

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Until next week…

Big love,

Jay x


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