Inversion blahs…!! I live in Boise, Idaho, where during the winter time we are often “gifted” by consistent days of gray cold inversion. I do not do well with so many days in a row that have no color differentiation. Presently it mirrors my business, stuck in blah, because everyone is zooming around in the holiday buzz, with nothing left over to engage in self care. Guess it is a good thing the New Year follows so quickly behind all the intensity of the Holiday demands, for it encourages us to Reboot and start afresh.
Today I encourage myself to look past the gray, drab, biting cold day to embrace the little song, “Tomorrow” from Annie, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yop62wQH498), or “Here Comes The Sun” by the Beatles (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgiQD56eWDk), or “Sunshine On My Shoulders” by John Denver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgiQD56eWDk), yes, just listening to them as I place them here upon the page lifts my spirits.
It is a great metaphor for life, in that there are up days and challenging days – all the while we are at choice with how we will choose to feel. I sit back, take in the gray day and know that the sun will come back out eventually. I know that if I drive up towards the mountains, I will drive into the sun and rise above the gray stuck pollution. With the business, I recognize and honor that people are so busy making sure all the presents are bought and wrapped and Holiday parties attended, that there is no energy left for anything else. So, it is not a time for people to sign up for Health Coaching, Interpersonal Work, or Detoxing. It is the quiet time for me to sit back and observe the hustle, aware that many people will look to the New Year as their time to change.
Did you know that statistically 80% of the people will give up on their New Year’s Resolution by February (http://www.businessinsider.com/new-years-resolutions-courses-2016-12). I remember experiencing this when I was a weight trainer at the YMCA, January was crazy with all these new members, then February would slow and by March, forget it, we were back to the usual capacity. Take a peek at last year’s New Years Resolutions – https://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/, what I have come to hear and see for years now. I share just one more tidbit, for in reading about this, I found two articles that talked about only 8% of the people will keep their Resolutions – (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-years-resolutions-psychology_us_5862d599e4b0d9a59459654c) – Wow!!
I find all of that quite sad, when for the most part our New Year’s Resolutions are things we want to improve about ourselves. In all the years I have worked out and eaten healthy (30 plus years), I have watched the “give-up” pattern over and over and over again. Being healthy is not a quick fix, take a pill and you are all set. It is a lifestyle! It is choosing day in and day out to honor the one body, mind, and spirit you have been given. It will be interesting for me to share my annual detox with others. How many people will see it through to experience the profound shift in their whole being? How many who say they want to do it now, will bail on themselves between now and January 5th? It is always fascinating to sit back and watch what people choose.
It has been my personal experience that changing a habit, pattern and or behavior takes time and consistent aware practice. For me, I have a “strong muscle” built up around health and fitness, this year I shall tackle my weak muscle – finances. It will take focused sincere intent to create change and manifest. As I tackle it, one day at a time, I know that the changes I seek shall become.
Just as I know with patient, persistent action, my business will grow and become, I also know that the Sun will come out tomorrow…. May today be full of new awarenesses for you, light behind the clouds, and rainbows on the horizon. A.C.T. (always choose truth) with perseverance and humble faith for the future you can envision in your heart.