08 Jan Guest Blog : How to achieve your goals and feel refreshed this year (from Susan Hammond)
Do you find this time of year difficult? Are you weighed down by too many demands on your time already?
January can be hard for many reasons. But the pressure to set goals or make New Year resolutions can add to your worries.
But there’s good news!
You can achieve your goals and feel refreshed
You can be successful without the stress
How? – By embracing the seasons.
Let’s start with winter
Winter : Slow down, reflect and prepare
As seeds germinate and get ready to grow, so should you
The short, cold days halt plant growth, many animals hibernate and a deep stillness settles in. Doesn’t it feel right to join with nature and slow down too?
While totally stopping is impractical it is good to use winter to reflect on the last year and prepare for the next. You may be surprised how deliberately slowing down boosts your insight and wisdom (for more on this read ‘Rest: why you get more done when you work less’ by Alex Pang), and it will set you up for the whole year.
Use winter to grow deep roots so you’ll survive any weather. Your new resilience will help you grow strong despite any storms, drought or famine.
Spring : Take hold of new possibilities and be energised
As seeds grow new shoots your ideas will come to life
Nature now wakes up and growth is fast. Birdsong fills the air and animals are happily going about their business. It’s time to be active and make the most of your energy. With the opening of buds new ideas will spring to life and your winter plans begin to take shape, all fuelled by increasing sunlight and warmth.
If you let yourself move with this fast-changing season and allow it to permeate all you do, you, your career or business should grow abundantly.
Summer : Celebrate maturity and enjoy the buzz of activity
Seeds have grown full and lush so take time to celebrate
By summer nature is flourishing. In the warmth and strong sunlight footpaths have become overgrown, flowers and shrubs block many routes, insects buzz around and tree branches swing playfully in the gentle breeze.
It’s a happy season.
Now is the time to join with others in your community and celebrate the growth of your career or business. Take the time to soak in the season and feel the joy.
Look how far you’ve come, and it’s only half way through the year!
Late Summer : Be thankful and savour all you have
As the crops are harvested enjoy the fruits of your labour
Nature has reached full ripeness and there’s a glut of juicy fruit and crops. It’s harvest time! This is the season to enjoy the fruits of your own labour and revel in all you’ve achieved.
It’s good to show gratitude and recognise abundance, actively appreciating yourself and others. Savouring this golden time of year is a great way to motivate yourself – its brightness will see you through the coming darker months.
Autumn : A time to let go
The land is ready for new seed so let go of the old to make way for the new
As late summer turns into autumn, the trees put on a spectacular show of colour – a final reminder of your achievements.
But then, nature lets go and the leaves fall. She sheds the old in order to make space for the new. You can do this too, letting go of things that no longer work. Get rid of those habits and assumptions that clutter your days so something better can take its place. Wise pruning now will allow abundant growth next year.
Embrace the seasons all year for success
Remember, to achieve your goals and feel refreshed throughout the year, embrace the seasons:
- Winter – slow down, reflect and prepare
- Spring – take hold of new possibilities and be energised
- Summer – celebrate maturity and enjoy the buzz of activity
- Late summer – be thankful and savour all you have
- Autumn – let go of the old to make way for the new
Take life at nature’s pace and see your career or business prosper.
You can be successful without the stress.
Now over to you
- What is your favourite season and how are you going to make the most of it?
- How do you think this will help your career or business?
Susan Hammond is a freelance copywriter (www.susanhammond.co.uk) with a passion for mental health, wellbeing and the great outdoors. When not snuggled up with a good book she’s often out and about having new adventures and blogs at www.creationlifeadventure.com