How to get your resolutions back on track?

Time has come to take our resolutions for next year. Whether you believe you will hold on to them or not, they are for sure a good opportunity to think and reflect on what serves us in our lives and what we could instead do better and differently in the future. Let’s dive into this with a concrete example, my blog posts.

As you know, I have started a 100-day blog challenge in September, which by now should be over and completed. The fact is: it isn’t. Why? Because I have let other matters that seemed more urgent or important get me sidetracked from my initial goal. What do I do now with this initial commitment and how do I move further with a resolution that I once took and dropped?

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Step 1: understand what did not work.

When I started my 100-day blog challenge, I decided at the same time to wake up at 5am every morning to write because this is when my writing juice is at its peak. The issue with this is that life, late nights and sleep depravation took over. My "writing challenge" was bound to my other and actually bigger "early bird challenge", which made it difficult if not unrealistic to sustain both of them over months. 

Step 2: remember why I took the commitment.

What is my motivation behind writing blog articles? Why does it matter so much that I want to carry it out? What I understood in the process of writing blog articles regularly is that I had way more to tell than I initially thought. I could allow myself to be authentic, to share my knowledge, reflections and inputs in a way that I enjoy particularly and that I want to get better at: writing. Plus it is a good exercise to articulate thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Not to forget that it is a valuable reminder of my big WHY, it reminds me day after day why I started REAL LIFE YOGA, why it matters to me so much to help professionals be conscious of their health, of their emotional and psychological states of being at work. And this is worth taking my blog articles seriously, with generosity, curiosity and passion.

Step 3: reframe my initial goal.

Learning from this first experience, I know that writing blog articles is a goal on its own and that each article matters far more than the frequency of my writing. So without adding up other imperatives to it such as the 5 am alarm clock or the daily rhythm, I choose to reframe my writing goal as follows: 100 blog articles for 2019. To keep good track of my progress, I will number them and to be completely honest with myself, I will start from zero again, this article being number one.

Step 4: start again.

Here we are, starting to write again with this article marking the fresh start of my blog-writing adventure. 

I hope this inspires you to give your goals and resolutions for 2019 a fair and honest try. Even if you once abandoned or found excuses not to stick to them, take a moment and the courage to face them. Ask yourself what worked and what did not, remind yourself why you started in the first place and what value does it bring to your life. Once you are clear about this and ready, give yourself a good pat on the shoulder, breathe deeply and give it a great start!


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The power of awareness & how to start using it today.

Why is it so important to be aware? Somehow related to mindfulness and yet not as trendy yet, awareness is a concept that is very dear to me and central in our REAL LIFE YOGA coaching, simply because it is the starting point from which you can create a major shift in the way you live, work and love. Let me show you why awareness is so crucial if you want to change your life for the best and how to start using it.

Most of us run through life without questioning the way we live. We are too busy managing all its imperatives, dealing with pressure, deadlines and stress. Why is it that our main concern is how to better manage stress – be it in business life or on the private side, from our team who is underperforming to the missing nanny who shatters our dinner plans – rather than asking ourselves how to create the life we really want to live?

This was the experience of a lady attending the Festival of Doers in Zurich last Friday. With the help of a coach on stage, she listed the 3 main areas of her life in which she had a lot going on: herself, her family and her job. While it was a wonderful and already very mindful of her to list herself as one of the key and most important areas of her life, she only really became aware of all the little things she had to manage and were taking so much energy from her day by day, once they were listed on the flip charts. This brought tears to her eyes and to the whole assembly witnessing her struggle: “I didn’t realise how bad it was!”. This was the power call of awareness.

Most of us run through life without questioning the way we live. We are too busy managing all its imperatives, dealing with pressure, deadlines and stress.

Awareness start with your breath and your body. It allows you to create space to observe, to understand and question thoughts and behavioural patterns that are not serving you. For me, awareness came through my body and through yoga. This is why I made awareness the central element of my coaching toolkit today, the one I want my clients to be equipped with. Awareness teaches you that your body has a voice and that it is worth listening to. Just think about the last time you got sick after or in the middle of a big project. Awareness helps you realise when your mind and social pressure have been taking you too far down the slope of over-achievement, extra-hours and self-criticism. Awareness gives you space to observe, to understand and question thoughts and behavioural patterns that are not serving you. It is the tipping point from which you can start taking action towards meaningful and conscious change.

Awareness start with your breath and your body. It allows you to create space to observe, to understand and question thoughts and behavioural patterns that are not serving you.

A first easy step to train your awareness muscle.

So to start developing awareness, my advice is that you begin with your body. And to become aware of our bodies, we have a wonderful tool within ourselves called breathing. Right now, take a sit and close your eyes. Feel the breath flowing in and out of your body naturally. Do not attempt to change anything, do not judge it. Just observe. Let it come and go. And as you do so, breathing naturally, feeling the air creating this subtle movement inside your chest and abdomen, start listening to how your body feels right now, in this moment. Maybe you notice a spot in your body that feels tense or uncomfortable. Here again without judging, just becoming aware of what your body is telling you. If you can, breathe consciously into that spot, exhale to release the tension a little bit more. Keep breathing there a few more times and when you are ready, open your eyes again and see how you feel.

So start today! You can do this again anywhere and anytime, no reason to wait, no excuses. Believe me, your body is eager for you to take a break and to listen.

Do you need further guidance? Then reach out to me free 30 min discovery call. Together we will take a closer look at the challenges you are facing and find the rights methods for you to help you move forward.