Friday 31 Oct 2014
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New Year Resolutions

Hi all… Online Editor – Jordan here… how are you going with your New Year resolutions?

For the most of us – the New Year seems like a distant memory – the eve of, having been filled with festivities, fun, family and friends… January can often bring on a glumness – a kind of post holiday blues – but if you care to look on the bright side, which HTM always encourages, you will see another, very clear opportunity for celebrations, new beginnings and good luck… The Chinese New Year is on the 31st January and last for two weeks. Check out this issue for some great promotional business tips for  this festive time!

So if you feel a little late at pushing forward with your New Year resolutions than try a fresh start now. Lin is a yoga teacher and Chinese Traditions and Food enthusiast (previous contributor too), as well as a good friend of mine,  her and her family are moving next week with the philosophy that the world is a place for of love and friends and so to embrace opportunity wherever you reside. Much love to them all on their new adventure.

It is a perfect time to think of making changes – positive ones that benefit you, your business and your family… so embrace the new year all over again with a touch of red for good luck and prosperity, as you shed your skin from the year of the snake and gallop with full freedom towards a year of success!

“What’s the point of setting goals and making resolutions if you fail anyway?”

I’ve heard this said so often and usually taken it with a pinch of salt, except this year was different. I was forced to rethink that pinch of salt, as I found myself saying, “So much for my new year’s resolution for last year!”

Very specific, or overly ambitious resolutions (not the same as business goals or targets) may get forgotten after a few weeks or end up tying you in without room for change and creativity. I had been very clear, however, about simply setting a direction I wanted to move in rather than having goals. My aim for last year was very lovely and very lofty. I wanted to bring more joy and light-heartedness into the lives of the people I meet.

WOW! You may say. Does it get any better than that? That’s really up there with the best isn’t it?

However, you may also have heard it said that we teach what we most need to learn ourselves. I hadn’t especially intended to ‘teach’ people how to be more joyous and light-hearted, but there were definite aspirations to a certain ‘potency’ that I may have felt I could carry.

And BOY did I get that one wrong? There was one MAJOR component missing. I forgot to bring joy and light-heartedness into my own life first!

I don’t know about you, but I tend to pity a little, those people who think they need to be giving, but not receiving. A few do play the martyr a little, but most are simply unused to the idea that you need to fill your own jug with water before you can pour some out to quench anybody else’s thirst. It never dawned on me that I too might be ‘guilty’ of this way of behaving.

It’s so often the discreetly hidden beliefs or attitudes that trip you up and stop you from achieving what you most want and need. Bringing them out into the light of day is a major part of the journey to overcome those blocks and obstacles. Some coaches refer to it as ‘Naming and Shaming’. It’s much easier to work out how to tackle an issue when you know what the core of the problem is.

Were there any goals or intentions you fell short of last year? Are there any unsupportive beliefs or attitudes that get in your way? Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you didn’t manage to fulfil all your goals or resolutions. Just ask yourself what inner changes you would need to make that could really help you to keep growing and moving forward in your life and business.

I wish you all a productive and prosperous new year, whatever that may mean for you.

So what are your New Year’s resolutions?  Maybe you don’t do the resolution thing!  There is no denying that the start of a fresh New Year is the perfect time to reflect about your life as a whole – business, personal, and health… but with so much to think about after the festive food, fun, and family frolics – where do you start?  Issue 1 of HTM has plenty for you to get started with when it comes to business direction.  Mark Shields offers tips on how to utalise the first quarter of 2012, Sue Masters provides ways for you to detox your business and there are loads of other articles on injecting freshness into your business with advertising, PR, marketing, social networking and more … which is what would be expected from The Industry’s No.1 Business Guide.  So the biz side of things for the New Year is covered… how about you and your health?  Read on for ten ideas that will make you smile and feel fresh for the year ahead…

  1. Reinvent your image with a fresh new hair-do… get low lights, high lights, try a fringe, or luscious layers.  It is amazing how you feel prepared to face the world when you have a nice new hairstyle.
  2. If you got a Kindle or other reading device for Christmas, take advantage of the free downloads or 99p offers, and dedicate some time to reading each day.  Getting lost in a good story constitutes well needed ‘me’ time away from the stresses and strains of your working day.  It is also nice to escape reality and indulge in a world of imagination.
  3. Head to the post-Christmas sales and grab yourself a treat, the best way to do this is to allocate a certain budget and take that amount in cash, leaving all credit cards, debit cards and cheque books tucked away at home.  This way you will not feel guilty that you have overspent and you are more likely to only come home with things you really love.
  4. The New Year is a great time to start a hobby that you have always wanted to do, or to learn a new skill… maybe a new language, a musical instrument, or martial arts.  Remember life is about balance and in order to be great at work and in your personal relationships you must dedicate time to doing the things that make you happy and relaxed too.
  5. Do something invigorating – a sky dive, or off the road race.  If this is way too extreme for you – try having a cold shower after a warm one… this not only freshens you up leaving you feeling invigorated but it also closes your pores and is fantastic for your skin.
  6. Post Christmas budgets are often tight, but it is a great time to buy bigger items that are discounted… buy a new bed.  If you have long suffered with a bed you have had for years, this is the perfect time to re-invest.  Sleep is so important and you will be a different person after having a fantastic night’s sleep on an amazing bed… don’t buy online, it is best to go to a showroom and try out the mattresses – just don’t fall asleep in the store.
  7. De-clutter – clean up your home or treatment room and throw or give to charity any things you no longer use or need.  This may seem an unattractive option, however it will make you feel great.  You will clear your mind as well as your surroundings – there is little point in holding on to ‘stuff’ just for the sack of it or on the off chance you may use it in ten years time.  If you de-clutter regularly it will be an easier task each time.
  8. CHEESEY CLICHÉ ALERT:  Do a good deed a day and you will feel a million pounds – it can be as small as helping somebody pack their shopping or letting them go before you in a queue.  These little gestures remind us what life is really about, without the fast pace and materialism.
  9. It may already be apart of your daily routine – but it is so easy to drop it to the bottom of the list or even erase it from the list altogether – get some exercise and make it daily, it can be a little dance in your living room, a stroll in the park or a full on work out at the gym… whatever you choose it will lead to a new you, emotionally, mentally and physically too.
  10. Last but by no means least, simply smile and laugh as much as possible… people get caught up in taking life too seriously.  So SMILE – It makes people feel good as well as yourself, as long as it is a sincere… Go on, do it now, laugh at something that amuses you or smile at somebody… told you, feels good doesn’t it.

(Photographer: Marcello Pozzetti Make-up: Emily-Rose Model: Rebecca Richardson)