This is the time of year when people set their New Year’s Resolutions - getting fit, getting a new job, starting a new hobby, finding love…
A lot of people I have spoken with find New Year’s Resolutions a chore, things which most often fail, which we end up feeling bad about.
I was talking about this recently with a client and asking what she wanted for 2017. She was caught between two extremes. On the one hand, she had a goal which seemed to be too small - to be able to mediate for 5 minutes a day. At the other extreme, she wants to write a novel, but couldn’t see how she could do that alongside an existing and successful creative practice.
She had more or less decided to do neither, meaning she would have got to the end of 2017 in more or less the position which she began it.
This particular client has been thinking about her book for a few years with notes written and a rough chapter outline. The only thing which was stopping her in pulling it all together was her commitment, her choosing that this was something which was important to her.
With my support, she has begun to create a plan, a way of moving forward. She has blocked chunks of time into her diary when she can write, and put a reminder on her calendar to do one small thing a day towards her book.
We are only a week in, but it is going well so far. She has changed her mindset from, “one day I will write a novel”, to “I am a novelist”. With her business as busy as it is, she possibly won’t have it finished or be ready to publish by December 2017, but she will have it much further along the line that it is at present, a work in progress rather than, in her words, an “epic fail”.
So where can you change your mindset to support you, what can you choose is important to you, in 2017?
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