Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that you are feeling excited and optimistic about the next twelve months and energised about the beginning of a new year.
However, with all the resolution noise in the media it is tempting to think about what you don’t want to do or what you would like to give up or stop in 2017. If you follow this negative route, I guarantee that you will make this year extremely hard work, get more of what you don’t want and success will be elusive.
This is because the human brain is wired for a much bigger limbic response to a perceived threat (what you don’t want) and results in stress and distraction. In addition, to decide not to do something utilises a lot of precious energy from the brain: willpower and attention gradually diminish as the day progresses, so this action of veto gets even more challenging. Furthermore, you get what you focus on!
Instead, here are four key questions to enable you to set constructive commands for your brain to follow:
1. What would you like to do or have more of in 2017?
2. What affirmative value would you like to embody?
3. What will you do differently?
4. Which one (positive) word sums up your overall theme for this year?
As for how you take this path towards your True North, remember less is more. I will be discussing how to set brain-friendly annual goals that are more easily achieved later this month in my video and at Brighter Thinking LIVE.
Please share your positive intentions for 2017 with me and any questions that you have at firstname.lastname@example.org