Oh hello, 2019!
Have you noticed there are two very distinct camps of people when it comes to making stuff happen and crushing goals in the new year?
The super energetic, full of vigor, jazzercising camp – “Let’s DO THIS PEOPLE!!” (With so many exclamation points and in all caps because they’re shouting this from the rooftops).
And the Eeyore-laden, ho-hum camp – “Another year. Another shmyear. Whatever.” (In the most mundane tone because they just don’t do excitement very well).
But what if there was another camp?
Yes, let’s create another camp and call it Easy Like Sunday Morning Camp (and tip our hats to Lionel Richie).
This new year camp is all about ease + productivity; grit + grace; get’er done + give it some time.
The new year can be full of so much hope + excitement it’s easy to get swept up into goal setting and what you want to accomplish for the next twelve months, the next thing you know anxiety is setting in.
Before you know it overwhelm sweeps up any feelings of excitement and eagerness for what you want to accomplish in the new year.
And why is that?
Because we’re not giving ourselves enough time to integrate, to decipher what we want and don’t want – instead, we’re just looking at placing a checkmark next to our daily/weekly/yearly goals.
We’re too hard on ourselves.
We expect too much too soon.
And the next thing you know a pint of ice cream has vanished and it’s gurgling in the belly – because overwhelm.
What if we changed that paradigm?
What if we usher in 2019 in a way that feels good?
If this sounds like a better plan than you have now – then we have some Easy Like Sunday Morning tips for your best year yet (without all the overwhelm).
Ease into The New Year Tips
1. Set goals (but be spacious with your time + self-love)
Have a ginormous, behemoth goal this year? (Good for you, by the way!)
Does this goal scare you a bit? That’s what big goals do, don’t they? They’re equally frightening and exhilarating.
What if, every time you got scared with this big one, you also gave yourself some space + time as well?
Perhaps your goal needs a new timeline?
Perhaps you need to recalibrate?
Perhaps you need to scrap the whole thing?
Give yourself enough time to cultivate + create as well as be gentle with how this goal is playing out.
Be tenacious + flexible!
2. Experiment (replace the word goals with experiments)
Does the word goal send tingles down your back?
If you’re in the category of people that just don’t love the word “goals” – what if you replace that word with experiment?
Sometimes we just need an energy shift that helps us take the pressure off and find more fun and freedom with all the things we want to do in the new year.
Here’s a little script that can help shift your mindset –
Goal/experiment: Lose 15 pounds.
Mindset/Mantra: “This year I’m going to experiment with foods that make me feel good + a lifestyle that supports high energy levels, clear thinking and more movement in my daily life.”
Instead of making things too strict; make your focus about feeling better and experiment with what will help you do that!
3. Remember the “little” wins
Don’t forget to acknowledge the wins you achieve on a daily or weekly basis.
Maybe you packed your lunch for work more than you didn’t.
Maybe you got up 30-minutes early 4 out of 7 days.
Maybe you simply showed up for yoga class.
Sometimes showing up – more often than not – is all you need to keep the momentum going…
So, keep showing up!
Whether you’re bogged down by goal overload or haven’t even thought about what you want from 2019 – we hope these tips and mind shifts help you feel less stress + more spacious as you move through this new year!