Today is the last day of 2014. This year went by flying. I’m excited to start 2015. Many individuals have the sentiment. Starting a new year is like starting a new chapter. Fresh start, new goals, great visions and the whole nine yards. But, don’t make the same BIG mistakes I made years after years. You probably asking what is it. Well, I would write my goals down. I would be all pumped up ready to implement my plan of action. Then, I would notice by March I’m behind in my goals or I have not really have hit strong start at all. The BIG mistake I was making – self-sabotaging my success by taking some old and destructive habits to the new year.
Taking old habits to the new year can seem like a small wall, but in reality it is extremely detrimental. For me, it took several years of being stuck to finally see I was hitting a wall. Now I look at each year to eliminate unnecessary baggage. This practice has been beneficial in helping me to cut several behaviors each year.
Goals are great, especially if you set SMART goals. However if you have walls that are blocking your goals, you will spend the whole year feeling frustrated. This year I wrote my goals down,I reviewed them, but I also look at the baggage that stopped me from reaching some of my goals in 2014. I discovered 5 baggage that were not only affected my goals, but they affected all areas of my life.
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So, Here are 5 Baggage I Decide to Leave in 2014 to Have a Great 2015.
Saying Yes Too Many Time – 2014 was a great year, several wonderful projects landed on my lap However, I experienced many lifestyle changes and challenges. Consequently, I realize I took on too many projects. You can guess it. Many project did not reach fruition because I had too many on my plate. I am saying yes to things that will not lead to self sabotage.
Not Getting Enough Rest – Being a wife, a mother and marriage counselor, I can look like a professional juggler. In reality, I cannot excel at my roles in the above areas without getting the appropriate rest. Honestly, I am not looking for perfection because perfection doesn’t exist. But, I truly believe I can be excellent in my role as a wife, mother and counselor when I have enough rest. I am leaving my so not restful days in 2014.
Not Prioritizing the Day in Advance – This is a baggage I am decided to part ways complete in 2014. It kept coming back many years. I must admit I have gotten better over the years, but I am tired of it creeping back. I owe my success in cutting the major bulk of this baggage Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (This is a book I plan to re read in 2015). I plan my day, but I usual fall back in my destructive habit of making to do list.To do list can be so daunting. If you have a long to do list, it can scream intimidation. I will work to address what is significant instead of making to do list.
Pushing Ahead When I Should Take a Break – I am guilty of being the individual who will try to stay up until wee hours of the morning to accomplish one more task. The problem with this baggage, two hours later I am still awake. Guess what I am tired and dragging the next day. Yes, I will keep my bedtime.
Not Taking My Me Day – I used to think this was selfish, but 2012 was the first time I initiated the “Me Day” It is one of the best decisions I made. A “Me Day” is a day where I take a few hours to reflect on the week and relax. I usually journal, or read something positive. This practice has been such a battery recharge for me. The only issue is I need to keep it on the calendar. I have discover from time to time I slip up and not use it the way I need to. My Me Days are on the calendar for 2015 and I have a visual reminders this year.
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Whether you are aware of it or not. There are certain things in life that should be terminated. It is hard, because it can be so familiar. After all, some of those baggage become our normal routine. By giving them a departure ticket, we are opening the doors to so many wonderful possibilities.And just like me, you might have to keep looking at each year before you see what you need to leave behind.
Don’t make the same mistake I made for years. It is easy to take old habits for the ride, but it doesn’t take us far. In fact, our old habits impede us to reach our greatest potential. If you are going to have a great 2015, there are some baggage you will need to leave in 2014. I already see success in my goals and in all areas of my life due to leaving the above baggage in 2014. I will be able to spend more energetic time with my family – this is just one major benefit. Imagine the great things that you can accomplish by leaving your baggage. There is no sense in working on new goals and doing the same destructive behaviors; it is counterproductive.Take action today and leave the baggage that are wearing you and your marriage down. Have a Wonderful 2015. Happy New Year.
Questions: What are some behaviors or baggage that you will leave in 2014 to have a great 2015?
Take Action – Write your baggage somewhere visible as reminder. Get a trusted accountability partner to keep you accountable.
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