January....some love it, some hate it. There is a huge wave of relief as 2020 ends and we say goodbye (and good riddance) to what has been an incredibly tough year of loss, grief and uncertainty. A new year provides the promise of new starts, new opportunities, the chance to re-set, to quit a habit you no longer enjoy and create a new one. There is renewed hope in the prospect of a new year.
The new year talk can also feel overwhelming as those around us talk up the 'new year / new you' mentality, giving up things, getting fit, getting healthy, getting motivated. It seems to be all or nothing!
You may be in the camp that loves to set goals, or you may despise talk of dry January, couch to 5k, juice diets and detoxing or starting new careers and personal development goals.
New Years and January creates a strong reaction in people. Personally, I enjoy reflecting on the year gone by, of being grateful and to consider what I want to turn my energy to this year. Setting new years goals this year may require extra compassion, thought and flexibility. As you reflect on the year gone by, you may notice your new year's goals take a different stance than in previous years. For example, you may choose to focus on the simple things, see the importance of connecting with nature or maintaining important friendships. Perhaps you've identified a desire to try a new hobby, or developing a more positive mindset.
As you turn your focus to the new year...be kind and be gentle. Remember, it doesn't have to be all or nothing. You do not need to follow the crowd and do as others do. Leave comparisons to one side as you plan forward. You can remain true to you, take your learnings and leave that which no longer serves you.
Be true to you and do it your way.
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.