It’s early in the new year and we’re often full of enthusiasm for our resolutions.

Perhaps it’s the diet to lose the winter padding or the promise to stop smoking.

The thing is though, if those new habits really did mean the world to us, we wouldn’t wait until a new year came around before making the change.

And why do all diets start on a Monday anyway?

Because when your heart’s really into something, there’s no hesitation and the time is always now. Here’s why.

 

The time is now to: Follow Your Dreams

When thinking about starting a business (or any other Big Dream), there probably isn’t ever a so-called good time to start.

There’s always a risk and some level of hesitation.

It’s the unknown.

So often we put off making the big decisions.

We think we’re not ready.

And we’re full of excuses.

And yet it’s only when we take a leap of faith and push outside our comfort zones that we start to see and feel the difference.

So go for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Leap and the net will appear.

 

 The time is now to: Get Sh*t Done

Procrastination usually happens because of one of the following reasons:

  • You don’t know how to do something and therefore you fear failure
  • You don’t enjoy doing something
  • You know it’s just not a good use of your time
  • It’s someone else’s priority, not yours

Some people will say that they work better under pressure, and therefore procrastination helps them in a funny kind of way.

However, for the rest of us, procrastination just puts off today what has to be done tomorrow.

There’s no need for it.

The time is now so, as Brian Tracey quite rightly says, “Eat that frog!”

 

The time is now to: Be Mindful

Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? So, do you ever wonder where your time is going?

Sometimes the best advice is to slow down to speed up.

We need to take a moment to be mindful and present in our everyday activities. Because they’ll be gone within a blink of an eye.

Enjoy that sunset.

Savour that ice-cream.

Whatever it is you’re doing right now be wholly present in the moment and enjoy every second, and allow time to help you recharge through these powerful moments.

 

The time is now to: Ask for Help

If your mental clutter is reaching maximum capacity, then it might be time to write down everything that’s in your head and recognise the need for help.

This could be:

  • Hiring a cleaner to help around the house once a week because you hate cleaning with passion
  • Hiring a PT for two sessions per week so you fast-track your way to your fitness goals
  • Paying for a bookkeeper every month as it’s the task you always keep putting off every week because you’re worried you’ll make a mistake
  • Hiring a Virtual Assistant to help take care of admin so you can concentrate on the sales which you really enjoy

 

In many situations, asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s usually the smartest thing you could do in that situation.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”  ― Charles Dickens

 

The time is now to: Be Happy and Content

Life is too short to be unhappy. Our time here is unknown and yet finite, so don’t you owe it to yourself to live a happy and content life?

One of my favourite authors is Sarah Knight and she regularly talks about only prioritising those tasks you truly enjoy, rather than those which ‘annoy’. This has truly resonated with me and I now strive to practise it on a daily basis.

I no longer feel bad about declining the social invite I simply don’t want to go to – I just craft a thoughtful response and send my apologies. Hell, I might even send a little gift along if it’s an event and I can’t make it. But the point is, I’m not saying yes to the things I don’t want to do anymore. And that in itself makes me happy!

“You can’t give of yourself to others if there’s nothing left of yourself to give, can you?” ― Sarah Knight

 

Summary

Let’s make 2018 the year you follow your dreams, get stuff done, remain present and mindful, ask for help when you need it and, most importantly, stay happy and fulfilled. Here’s to the year ahead!