This past Monday was the third Monday in January, commonly referred to as “Blue Monday”.
According to many sources and a (not so scientific) mathematical formula, “Blue Monday” is the single saddest day of the year.
“Blue Monday” is often followed by a week of overwhelming, falling off the 2018 New Year’s resolutions bandwagon, and a sense of doubt and fear.
This is the mathematical formula sources refer to that explains “Blue Monday”:
[W + (D-d)] x T^Q / M x NA
d=Your monthly salary…
T=Time since Christmas…
Q=Time since slipping on your 2018 resolutions…
M=Your motivation, and…
NA=Your need to take action.
Over the years I’ve noticed that there are mathematical formulas for a lot of things in life; including your personal, professional and economic potential. So, to be frank, I think this ‘Blue Monday’ business is a choice and if you have an awareness about it, you can choose how you respond.
Everyone has a choice in how they think, respond and act in any given situation.
This means that even if you’ve fallen off the 2018 goals bandwagon already, you can also choose to get back on board.
Here are 7 Ways To Energize Your 2018 Goals Even If They’ve Started To Slip:
Loosely translated that means continuous improvement. Instead of aiming for perfection this month, each day start the day saying, “Kizen” and allow continuous improvement to be your goal.
2. What you track, you attract.
Measure your continuous improvement by tracking it. If you want to continue to improve and reach your 2018 goals keep track of them and what you’re doing to get better. Track no more than 3 specific goals at a time, more than 3 and you’ll lose focus.
3. Create Rituals.
If you don’t have a ritual you’ll find it difficult to keep going. Your brain systematically chooses repetition, which means the reason you’re finding it harder to keep your 2018 goals is because it’s easier for you not to. Your brain is used to your old routines and rituals. If you didn’t have any, it’s easier to fall off course. Set yourself up for success by setting rituals. Click here and you can access a case study showing you the rituals used by highly successful people.
4. Move something.
A physical change, whether in seating, what’s on the walls in your office or personal space will have a direct affect on how your mind is interpreting your environment. If you’re having trouble staying on track with your 2018 goals, physically move something, change your seating, move your desk or what is on your desk. Then place your goals somewhere you can see them after you’ve made those physical changes. You’ll make it easier for your brain and mind to want the goal, rather than the old habit because it will feel better to you. We gravitate to what feels good.
5. Find a group to support you and collaborate with like-minded people to keep you motivated.
Research shows that when you’re trying to create something alone, versus through a collaboration, you’re more likely to fail. If you proclaim your goals and have others to support you as you aim to reach them, your success rate increases.
6. Be aware of your emotions.
Emotions can be useful, often guiding you towards your goals. In today’s society, many women have adopted the “if it doesn’t feel good cut it out of your life model” and I have to tell you that not the answer. Use your emotions to understand what you want and don’t want, but don’t revert to the “either/or” mentality. Doing so will eventually disable you from learning how to lean into discomfort which is useful to help you make those changes you’re actually seeking in your life.
7. Be compassionate with yourself and express gratitude.
This may sound like a cliche, but it’s not. Learning to forgive yourself and be compassionate with yourself is part of learning how to persevere. If you can’t be compassionate with yourself on the days that you didn’t execute, take action, or didn’t follow through, these behaviours will continue to eat away at your momentum. Whatever choices you’ve made, forgive yourself first, be compassionate with yourself and then express gratitude for what you have done. Gratitude actually ignites a neurotransmitter in your brain, helping you keep going and persevere. Gratitude leads to perseverance and to achieve your goals perseverance is key!
And one bonus way to energize your 2018 goals, even if they’ve started to slip…help someone or donate to a cause. Your brain responds to doing good, in fact the more helpful you are, the easier it is for you to stay in momentum.
CEO & Founder of Wealthy Woman Warrior™
Andrea created her proprietary mindset training, Power To Thrive™ over 15 years ago. We're now in a time where one's environment is constantly changing and pushing people mentally to their limits - if you don't have tools in place to help you navigate disruption, you simply need to get it. Invest in your mind and your success will follow.
Andrea Carter is on a mission to empower 1 million women to reach their economic potential by 2025. She believes that through collaboration and these 5 pillars women can rise to relevance.