The New Year has arrived it always gives me a sense of renewal. I have a feeling of freshness with hope in the air. If I am not careful I tend push ahead with many things I am going to change, do or learn. I have learnt that if you take on too much then you may arrive at March to find that very little has been accomplished.
It is good to have goals and aims to look forward to, however it is all too easy to set unrealistic ones. It is worth setting aside a little time to think them through and decide how realistic and achievable that they actually are. Sometimes the goals that we set can be huge and it can become an uphill struggle to try and achieve them, and so it becomes easy to be disheartened and give up.
The usual goals that people seem to set at New Year are e.g. losing weight, quitting smoking, getting fitter, cutting down on drinking and so on ….. Focusing on our usual goals can reduce confidence and motivation if we fail at our tasks. Why not try something new? It will have new energy around it with none of the echoes of failure of the usual goals. It might surprise you at how new goals can energize and motivate the usual goals.
What have I set up for this year? Yes I could do to lose some weight and be a bit fitter the usual ones. So this year I have decided to be different so I am learning to play the Ukulele, not any easy task for a non-musician. I can find at least three chords already! I feel quite proud of myself.
- I set myself the task of at least 10 min a day to learn about the instrument and how to play it.
- Have an aim to play a tune at my husbands party in August
- Use mindfulness to help me stay in the moment and go with flow
- Tell people of my aim so I will keep to it
- When I hit a problem, to stop not avoid it and find a way out (it is so easy to give up and walk away)
Mindfulness is certainly helping me. It can help you to stay focused and to become aware of the rising anxiety and negative thinking about learning a new task. It certainly helps you to be more observational about the tricks your minds plays and the blocks it sets up. This will certainly help you when you want to tackle those more pressing health and life’s challenges as you will know what trips you up.
Yes I have hit a few problems with my goal already and have managed to find ways round it. The first was to have an electronic tuner so much easier than trying to do it by ear. I found a great website to help you www.ukuleleunderground.com . I have also brought ukulele for dummies
The method of short burst also seems to help one tip I picked up if your fingers begin to hurt then have a rest. It will be interesting to see if I manage my performance in August.
One great New Year tip I saw over the holiday that I have started doing is –
Find yourself an old jam jar with a lid and from today jot on small pieces of paper any of the following and put in your jar.
Surprise gifts you have had
Beauty of nature
Memories worth saving
Then open up the jar on December 31st and read all the things that have happened in 2014 I am looking forward to reviewing my year.