New Habits for a New Year

New Habits for a New Year

So, I am enjoying the last few days of my winter break and preparing to head back to reality….work.  I SHOULD be working on my goals, getting posts planned for the year, organizing and cleaning my home after packing up all the holiday decor.  However, instead, I sit here watching Home & Family on the Hallmark channel.   Moreover, I am totally justifying this by telling myself that I need some down time and extra rest…  Anyway, watching this show has really paid off today.  It’s gotten me thinking about setting some new habits for the new year.

Sure, everyone starts off all gung-ho to slay the new year and achieve all their dreams and goals.  Maybe we even write them down.  Then long about March we have forgotten those goals and we’re back to just living each day ~ the grind.  I have such great intentions and ideas, but somehow lost that focus and drive when I get bogged down in the day-to-day.   But, what if we could make small, very do-able changes to create new habits that could help us achieve those goals?

New habits for a new year.

I watched a segment with author, Kat Lee.  She’s written a book titled, Hello Mornings.  I have not read this book, but will be adding to my amazon cart today.  You can find it here.  I fact, I will let Amazon explain for me:

Are you ready to wake up for your life and not just to your life?

Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a morning person to start each new day well. Join Kat Lee and thousands of women from countries around the world who have learned to maximize their mornings. In Hello Mornings, Kat introduces a simple yet powerful three-minute morning routine that integrates Bible study, planning, and fitness into a foundational morning habit that fits into every schedule. She then helps you build each of these core habits for life-long growth.

Everyone can find three minutes. And instead of adding one more thing to the list, Hello Mornings lifts the weight off women by revealing a grace-filled way to establish a powerful morning routine that offers

  • a simple way to incorporate the most-sought-after daily habits into a simple morning routine: God. Plan. Move.
  • the latest research on habit formation and development
  • practical tools to help readers develop and grow their own personalized, adaptable plan for mornings
  • stories of transformed mornings from women in every season and stage of life

Hello Mornings helps readers renovate their mornings to establish and grow a powerful daily routine—a long-term, Jesus-centered habit to anchor them in every season. Each morning can then become a launch pad into God’s amazing plan for their lives.

Seriously, three minutes.  We can do that!  I love the idea of adding God into my morning first thing and the chance to get that first glass of water for the day in as well.  (Anyone else wanting to add more water to their diets?)   Three minutes and a more peaceful start to the day.  This is a no-brainer for me.  How about you?

Okay, so that’s one new habit I will be starting for 2018.  To help me be accountable for sticking with these habits, I’ve read that it’s important to track them so you can SEE exactly how you’re doing.  You can’t hide from it.  Great. One more thing to keep track of. 🙁   But wait!  How about we simply add a little “tracking” area into our planner for each day?  You could do this with a stamp or by adding stickers.  Or you could use a whole page as a tracker. Something like this.

Let's start some new habits for the new year.

Let's start some new habits for the new year.

One more habit to try this year is affirmations.  You know, they are those things you tell yourself to combat negative thinking or to guide you during your day and help you to stay focused on the positive.  Can’t hurt, right?  However, they only work if you actually remember to read them each day, say them, think about them:  make them a part of your daily routine.  We can write them in our planner or on the calendar.  Or, you can write them on post it notes and stick them to your mirror or in your planner so that you see them each day.  You could even print out a bunch of them on post its so that they’re ready to go for you.  Here are 5 good ones to get you started.

  1. I am ready to receive.  (you deserve good things)
  2. I choose love and joy.
  3. I release all fear.  (don’t not chase your goals because of your fears)
  4. I am letting go of anger.  ( carrying it around hurts us more than the other person)
  5. My past has no power over the future I create today.

and bonus because I really like it:

6.  I am in charge of my life.  No one has power over my decision-making.

 

Alright friends, there you have one of my new year goals – creating new habits.  If any of these sound good to you, I hope you’ll join me.  Oh!  By the way, if you really love the idea of Hello Mornings, there is  a Facebook group that you can join to become part of their community.  You can find that here  or you can join their 30 day challenge group here. There is also a reading plan of the YouVersion bible app.

Well, what do you know?  My TV time totally paid off today. 🙂 . I will check in with you later to show you how I’m doing on starting these new habits this year.  How about you?  Are there any new habits you’re trying to build?  I’d love to hear all about it in the comments.

Until next time~

2 Comments

  1. I hope that you manage to keep up your good intentions, I have given up making new year resolutions as I never can keep them#inspirememonday@_karendennis

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      Thanks! Yes, resolutions are just asking for me to fail. I think I will do much better working on goals. 🙂

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