Why your planning for 2019 should be inspired by butterflies - Anja Angeli

Why your planning for 2019 should be inspired by butterflies

New year, new plans. Whether you make New Year's resolutions, set some firm goals or make detailed plans, a new year is a fresh start for everyone. This year, before you make any decisions, take inspiration from butterflies. Butterflies you ask? Butterflies hold the key to creating New Year's resolutions, plans or goals that succeed. Here's why your planning for 2019 should be inspired by butterflies: 

After watching a beautiful, new butterfly struggle to leaves its cocoon, Jim decided to give it a hand. After widening the opening for the butterfly, he was startled to see that the butterfly could not hold itself up properly. 

As the butterfly attempted to take flight for the first time, it fluttered, but could not gather enough momentum to fly away. The poor butterfly tried again and again, but did not have the strength to flutter up and away from the cocoon.

When Jim told his friend what had happened, his friend admonished him. Jim's friend explained that by helping the butterfly, he had interfered with the final stage in the butterfly's natural process of transformation.

You see, as the butterfly pushes its way out of the tiny gap in the cocoon, bit by bit, its wings are pushed out of its new body and readied for flight. In attempting to prevent the butterfly from getting hurt, Jim had interrupted an important, natural process of metamorphosis. Unwittingly, he had prevented the formation of something special under extreme pressure.

When we look at nature, again and again, we see that from intense pressure come beautiful, precious, valuable things.

As we journey through life, the tough times, the painful moments, are the bits that we want to skip. If we have children, they are the parts of their life that we want to help them avoid.

However, it is through adversity and challenging times that we are shaped. The tough times are where we grow and build character as our most authentic self comes to the fore. We may not enjoy the tough times and they may seem like a hindrance, but in fact, they are vital to our growth.

When we think about what we truly want for 2019, our dreams may seem far-fetched. They may appear unrealistic when you look at where you are now, but the good thing about goal-setting is that once you have voiced an idea, it immediately becomes a reality, a real possibility.

The mind is a powerful thing. With your goal spoken into life, you have direction. As the ideas begin to flow, you can start to join the dots to that will bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to go.

This is why, whether it is a resolution, a goal or a plan, we all have a desire to achieve something new when we think about a fresh, new year ahead. Fresh goals or decisions give us  a clear direction in which to move forward and evolve. Without New Year's resolutions we will have a year no different to the one that we had before, causing us to stay stagnant, stuck in time. For many of us, that means repeating mistakes, continuing things that bring no satisfaction and living without true joy.

How to make New Year's resolutions that succeed:

That is why your plans for the new year, should be big, different and fresh. Be bold and step out of your comfort zone – let yourself grow and flourish. The bigger and more exciting the outcome, the more motivation you have to achieve it.

Here are the two key ingredients for making resolutions that stick:

Dream big: 

Don't set goals that are easy, dream big. Take off the limits, reach deep inside and ask yourself what you really want. Now, make plans for next year that are way out of your comfort zone. 

To achieve your goal, start from where you are now, and plan the actions that you will take at different intervals over the yea. In this way, before the end of the year, your goal will be your reality. Don’t forget to check that every step, as well as your final goal is specific, realistic and achievable, so that they really do happen. 

No matter what: 

Commit to putting your plan into action immediately, no matter what. Putting off getting started, is the easiest way to prevent your goal ever being achieved.

Whatever you plan for the new year, make it bold and exciting. Most importantly, remember that pressure is a necessary stage in your growth that will shift you up and on to the next stage in your life.

 If you want to find out more about dealing with challenging times or achieving your goals, watch my free online course or book a free coaching session with me. I am an experienced expat partner coach, so I would be delighted to help you transform challenges and difficulties into life-changing, transformative growth. 

Have you set goals for 2019 already? What are you planning? Share your goals with us, we would love to hear from you. 

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