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Out with the old, in with the new

The expression that came to mind writing this blog two days into the new year is ‘out with the old and in with the new’.

It can be helpful to have a ‘clear out’ of old thinking, and introduce new thinking at the right time, with the new year highlighted as a traditional time to do this.

I was sat in the pub listening into a conversation about new years resolutions between friends, just after Christmas. It was great to hear them think about what they wanted to achieve in 2023, and how they went about setting these goals. The coach in me had so many questions to ask, to explore their thinking and really understand their vision, and to prompt them to think about what went well, and what didn‘t in the last 12 months, and how they could use this going forwards.

Interestingly, the resolution setting became competitive, as one friend set their goal, the other matched it or went higher!

So, my top 5 tips for resolution setting are as follows:

1. Use reflection of the last 12 months activities to understand what might work for you going forwards.

2. Make your goals personal to you, and achievable.

3. Support from your friends is good, and perhaps a little competition, but keep your resolutions personal and tailored to you.

4. We like to achieve, so break that big goal down into mini milestones, so that you can see that progress, and celebrate.

5. Seek out a coach to help you set realistic and achievable goals. It will make all the difference getting this right and taking you into the Spring, motivated and positive!

Bringing in new thinking is good, but only throw out the old if it doesn’t help you to move forwards. Old is not always bad!

Good luck!

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