How to reset your life and feel inspired:
We are all familiar with the feeling of a new beginning and the excitement that comes with it. This usually happens at the beginning of a new year. This is when we are filled with so much hope and energy for the future. The start of a new year is also the time that a lot of people are making resolutions and setting goals.
One consequence of this is that a lot of people join the gym around this time. Studies show that in January a lot of people join the gym, but did you know that about 80% of the people that do so quit within the first 5 months?
Now how do you avoid being this kind of person?
What you need to do is to reset your life so that you feel inspired and you are able to carry out your goals as you had planned. And to do so with the excitement that you had at the beginning of the year.
There are several ways to do this, which I will be explaining to you in this post.
So if you are feeling like it’s mid-year (or the last quarter of the year) and you don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Or you are this person who is now waiting for the start of the year so that you can set goals and work towards them with excitement, this post is for you.
Decluttering is a process that is all about cleaning up your space.
This includes your home, cleaning up your car, cleaning out your wardrobe and cleaning out your handbag. Those are the big 4 for me.
I would say that the biggest and hardest part of decluttering is obviously thoroughly cleaning your home. As there are probably more rooms and actions to consider which can become overwhelming.
So in order to stick to it, you need to take it one room at a time. Just cleaning out each room before moving on to the next one. This way you are tackling the process as simple as possible.
Also cleaning out your car, wardrobe and handbag will have you feeling refreshed and ready for the next exciting thing.
The benefit of decluttering your life is that a clear space will lead to a clear mind.
When resetting your life and your mind it’s important to consider the physical aspects. I’m talking about self-care.
This part of your life reset is entirely up to you. Do the things that will make you feel inspired. You could take the time to pamper yourself, get your hair, as well as your nails, done. Just do whatever you need to feel good about yourself and ready to take on the world.
Take the time to care for yourself, take the time to care for your body.
A brain dump, in this case, is a process of clearing your mind. There are different ways to do this but most people achieve this process through journalling.
Some people journal every day to get their thoughts on paper. This exercise will make you aware of your mindset as well as your ideas.
When you are feeling stuck and uninspired, you can journal your thoughts and try to figure out how you got to the point where you feel like you are losing your momentum. Journalling is going to be very beneficial to try and see where things went wrong and to determine where you can do some course correction. It will also clear your mind and help you feel inspired.
When you have lost the excitement to achieve your goals, or have forgotten about them, it is good to introduce new things into your life to give you that excitement again.
So if you feel like you have lost your motivation to go after your goals, an easy way to convince yourself into doing these things is to set challenges for yourself. These include 30-day challenges or even just 7-day challenges.
For example, if your goal is to reduce your sugar intake, a good way to motivate yourself would be to set a 7-day sugar-free challenge. These short challenges are easy to do and accomplishing them will make you feel inspired to do more.
REVIEW YOUR GOALS
When you notice that you are losing your excitement for your goals and are in a space of “what am I doing”, it would be beneficial to review those goals.
Reviewing your goals will put you in the perspective that you were at the beginning of the year.
What did you want to achieve?
Do you still want to achieve these things?
What are you going to do about it?
If you find that you have not started doing some of the things that you set out to do or you have quit doing those tasks, it is time for you to do some course correction.
You need to figure out what how you want to move forward from this moment.
If these goals are still important to you, then set them and make new plans to achieve them. Clearly, the first plan needs to be reviewed to ensure that you meet your goals this time around.
Take this time to get excited about them. Think about your “why”. If it is still relevant and excites you then you are going to be able to work on these goals.
In fact, when it comes to goal setting, do not wait to review them after 6 months. Goals have to be reviewed daily. This is actually one of the habits of very successful people. Reviewing your goals daily keeps you focused on them.
RESTRUCTURE/CREATE A ROUTINE
Now that you have identified the goals that you want to stick with, they will most probably require some kind of routine.
When it comes to goals, the key is always consistency.
Consistency is obviously developed through a routine.
So now that you know your goals and you know what your Slight Edge action or small action has to be. Create a routine that will let you do these small actions consistently and help you move closer to achieving your goals.
If you already have routines in place, review if they are still working for you and find ways to improve them. If they’re not working towards achieving your goals then create new routines.
So once you have reviewed your goals and you know which ones you are focussing on, take note of the small action that you need to take consistently and create a routine that is going to help you reach those goals.
By taking the small actions today you start to be the person you want to become.
PLAN, AND GET ORGANIZED
Anything that you want to get done and any goal that you want to achieve probably will not happen unless you have some kind of plan in place.
Now that you have reviewed your goals and have determined what small action you need to take each day to reach those goals, the next step is to figure out how to do this. How often will you do these actions and routines?
I use calendar blocking to do my planning. It is beneficial because it is like a to-do list with time allocated for each task.
This is a more efficient way of doing things and increases the chances of the task getting done. The things to include in your calendar are the small actions that you are going to take consistently to reach your goals, your routines as well as your self-care routines.
This will help you focus on your goals and where your life is going for the rest of year. In addition, this process will symbolize a new beginning that you can get excited about all over again. You are energized and excited for where your goals are going to to take you and the person you will become.
Now that you know how to get out of your slump and to get started on the goals that you had set as resolutions, take action now by starting with the small tasks that you will do to achieve those goals.
This process of resetting your life will help you realize where you want to go and will get back that excitement and help you feel inspired.
How do you reset your life and feel inspired when you are in a slump? What other techniques do you use? Please share the knowledge and leave a comment in the section below.
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