It’s been 6 months since you made your New Year’s resolution and you realize that half of 2014 has now come and gone…there’s only 6 months left to accomplish the 2014 goal you’ve set for yourself.
Perhaps 2014 was going to be THE year you accomplished becoming a business owner and working for yourself. Maybe it was the year you committed to taking off the excess accumulation of weight, you promised yourself to clean up your diet, decrease your alcohol consumption and get into healthier habits. Maybe your goals were relationship focused. Finding Love, keeping love or finally ending a relationship that is no longer serving to support your highest. Maybe you were going to make this the year that you made time to write…blog, book, publish…write-publish-repeat.
Whether you were actively intending to focus on your relationships, get in-shape, start a new venture or write that book living inside of you, it’s the middle of June and you’re not sure you can accomplish what you’ve set out to do by the end of the year. I’m here to tell you that you can! I believe that focusing on the last half of the year is far more powerful in helping us to achieve what we want most than the focus we had at the beginning of a year.
So what do you do if you started off with a BANG! at the beginning of the year but then you felt the momentum give way to stagnation? Have you felt that out of nowhere your big plans for the new business has stalled? Perhaps you stepped on the scale and realized the numbers are headed up, not down. If you feel frustrated by the lack of movement, now is your time to take hold of the power of the next 6 months to finish off 2014 more accomplished and farther ahead.
If you feel you’ve lost your momentum, your passion, your focus, it’s a perfect wake-up call! You may simply be suffering from losing sight of your direction and way.
It’s an easy fix. First, realize, we’ve all done it. Anyone can succumb to losing energy and a sense of purpose or direction at times. We go back to bad habits, or worse yet, we start new ones. You know you need to change your situation, so hurry up and do it now! It’s not too late…AND it’s the perfect time to do it!
Here are some ideas for how to turn it around and grab back your sense of spirit again.
1. Change Your Diet. Simple right? Well, it works. This may be one of the reasons you are in the funk in the first place. The foods that we eat (or don’t eat) have a tremendous effect on how we feel. As reported in the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, medical studies have found a variety of foods effect mood including chocolate, caffeine, Omega-3’s, carbohydrates, milk, seafood and more. Foods to help you feel better are most always on the lighter side of the spectrum: fruits, vegetables, healthy grains such as quinoa and fish can help you not only lighten your calorie load but boost your mood in the process.
2. Work Out. You were squirming because you knew it was coming didn’t you? It’s funny how we often innately know the right thing to do to feel better. For years scientists have shown that exercise and physical fitness have a significant impact on our daily mood. The American Psychology Association has shared a variety of research that shows that even moderate exercise has a significant impact on improving mood, helping alleviate depression, decrease anxiety and reduce stress. Need an quick mood booster? Dr. Michael Otto, PhD of Boston University says, “The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong. Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.”
3. Pay it Forward. When we do something good for someone else, we also get a feel good boost. In fact, a recent Harris Poll of 3,351 volunteers showed that 94% reported an improvement in mood. Recent research in a published paper from the University of Exeter found that that volunteering is associated with lower depression, increased well-being, and a 22 percent reduction in the risk of dying. The caveat? Sara Konrath, Ph.D of The University of Michigan shares in a recent article that “volunteering only has health benefits for people who do it in order to help others, rather than to help themselves. So please pick a cause you care about and do it with your heart.”
4. Keep a Smile Journal. Not just any journal, keep a journal of the good things you’ve done every day. One of the tips that Prevention Magazine recommends for improving mood is to write down three things that went well for you each day, no matter how minor and be descriptive. Over time you will begin to be more mindful of how you have helped others, and yourself, by concentrating on the good things in your life, not the more difficult parts.
5. Get Spiritual. What I mean by this is make the time for your soul and the things that feed your soul. Spending time in nature, reading poetry, prayer and/or meditation. Quiet time allows us to hear that still small voice that is often drowned out by the loud mental chatter we have swirling in our minds. Realigning our priorities, walking in our integrity, soulfully considering our purpose and what we are contributing are ways to step back and take a breath to see what is real versus what is illusion. Todd Kashdan, a psychologist at George Mason University says, “We find that having a really spiritual day, committing to a power higher than yourself, carefully considering a purpose larger than yourself, it ends up leading to a lot of well-being.”
If you would like help in knowing what your next steps are, how to organize your plan of attack or simply gain clarity around how you’d like to Re-Invent yourself personally or professionally, contact me by clicking here. I’d love to help and help you Get Off Your Ask! and get moving onto your best life now! Six months left in 2014 and NOW is the time to DO it! I believe in YOU!
Here’s to taking a step in the direction of your Mastery and transforming your dream into your reality today!