Beating those January blues to get shit done
With the first full week of work behind most of us I thought now would be a good time to stop and reflect on how we are doing. So far I am powering through my 12 goals in 12 weeks and will be ticking off some more items from my list at the start of next week. However I am also aware that I can achieve more than I have this week and am keen to make my next week the best of the year so far.
The majority of resolutions are set with the greatest of intentions but overlooking the need to set regular pit stops to assess what is working, what needs tweaking and a good kick up the ass for the things you are just not getting round to. Working on the other side of London this week with a long commute I had a great opportunity to witness the New Year droop which affects the vast majority of us. Faced with gale force winds and rain (England), a full week of commuting, working in a job we ‘fell’ into, several pounds heavier from Christmas feasting, a whole lot hungrier from our new year diet and broke because we got paid early…hmmm not good. I know that this doesn’t sound great but there is some happy news, that job you fell into….it is in your power to change it, those pounds you put on…can be gone by the end of the month, that hunger….well how lucky you are to have the option to be hungry or full when so many others do not have that choice and as for being broke…this is a great way to ensure you are creative with what you already have and creative with how to bring in additional income. Where there is a will there is a way….this is better it might not be such a bad year after all!
The weather I am afraid I can’t help you with, but It never rains forever. So by now you are thinking this is all very well but I still have a case of the January blues. No problem, let’s break that down and work out what shit we can deal with and get done and what shit we need to put away for another season. Here is an exercise which will really help.
Draw a large circle on a piece of paper and write your worries, concerns and troubles in there from the small to the large. Next get another piece of paper draw another circle and inside it a smaller circle. Again you are going to write the same worries concerns and troubles, but this time in the larger circle write those concerns you cannot directly affect and in the smaller circle write those that you feel action, taken by you can change. So as an example, I worry because a family member of mine smokes, I have told her I am worried about this my family have bought her tools to help her quit, the doctors have also spoken and advised her. However all of these actions have not changed the worry as she insists that she is happy to continue smoking. I have now realised and accepted that there is nothing more I can do about this, so it goes in my big circle. On the other hand I feel concerned that my fitness is not where it should be. For this I can join a gym, go for a run, eat healthy and drink water instead of alcohol. This is in my power to take action and make changes so it goes in my small circle. Once you have done this you need to put an action point next to each item in the small circle. A key point here is that the action point does not need to ‘solve’ the problem. If it does that is great, if not then at least you have taken a step to improve it. If you are broke right now then write one thing you can do to generate some additional income before the month is out. This might include selling items on eBay for example, cancelling direct debits for services you are not using or offering some helpful or professional services on http://www.peopleperhour.com none of these actions will make you a millionaire, but they will achieve a lot more than simply worrying. The truth I have always found is that most situations look better when you start taking action.
So here is my get shit done message of the week. If the start of your year didn’t work out quite how you planned don’t write this year off. As the old song goes…’we’ve only just begun’. Work out what you need to do, don’t give up and get some shit done today.