If you’re excited by all the enthusiastic emails flooding into your inbox encouraging you to start January with a bang; to set goals or intentions; to sign up for this, or to start that, then stop reading now.
If, however you’re fed up with people telling you how they’ve started this programme or diet, or some other way of monitoring what they eat or drink through a magic app, and THIS TIME they’ll stick to the goal they’ve set, you’re on my wavelength.
In fact I’m more than fed up; I’m down right irritated by everyone’s energy and enthusiasm, their rush to make changes and their certainty that this year everything will be different.
And (I’m on a roll now), I’m also irritated by everyone telling me their wonderful plans for the year. Frankly I don’t need (or want) to know. For the record I have some great plans but I don’t feel the need to shout them from the rooftops.
Yes I know that there are some wonderful people out there offering amazing support and wisdom but it can be tempting to get sucked in to setting resolutions, goals or intentions and signing up for courses because you feel like you SHOULD and not because you WANT TO.
And then it’s a surprise when within days or weeks everything falls away and you’re back to square one; well maybe back to square minus one because you’ve added some self-criticism and resentment into the mix.
January is not a time to start something new
Here in London it’s winter and I just found this quote which sums up how January feels to me; ‘Like a daffodil bulb in the cold ground, we should let our energy sink deeper inside us‘
So that’s what I intend to do.
As winter started I went into hibernation; I feel like I’m in a warm and cosy cave and I’m exploring it. And for the next three months or so I’ll be continuing this exploration. I’ve chosen two words to guide me through the next few months and they are PATIENT EXPLORATION. Why patient? Well I’m not good at patient; I’m better at jumping in and making quick decisions but winter is a time for patience.
Winter is a time for planning the garden; delicate plants bloom more strongly if they’re nurtured until the weather is warm enough for them to thrive. If they’re exposed to the elements too early and there’s a cold snap they will die.
So it is with ideas and plans.
January is a time for hibernation
I won’t be sitting still; in addition to learning through reading my exploration includes some training and development but as I already said I don’t need to shout the specifics from the rooftops. All I’ll say is that by the end I’ll have much deeper and broader knowledge that will help me personally and also enable me to support you in new and unique ways.
I’ll still be blogging and working 1-1 with clients; it’s just that I won’t be starting anything new for a while, and only when it feels right.
To follow the quote about winter; ‘Spring is the time of opening when everything begins to grow, sending out shoots and buds. This is the time to return to activity… and the energy that we have been storing can now be used and enjoyed.’
So that’s what I plan to do too.
What about you?
I give you full permission to stay in your version of hibernation and emerge when it feels right. The only thing is that you do have to emerge at some point because you can’t stay in there forever. You do know that don’t you?
Did this resonate with you?
Are you raring to go or are you with me in continuing your hibernation?
Do my words of patient exploration resonate with you, and if not what words would you choose?
Please comment below (you don’t have to use your own name).