January 11, 2022

Theme Words: A Simpler Approach To What You Want In The New Year

January is always a great time to reflect on the year past and envision possibilities for the year ahead. As you do, you may come to some concrete conclusions on what to continue as is, experience more of, or leave totally by the wayside. What are those things for you? If you haven’t already done so, try finding some time to give this some consideration before the new year gets in full swing.

Using a list of life areas can be helpful. Here are a few of the big ones to consider: Health, Career, Finances, Family, Home, Fun and Adventure, Relationships, Friends. What else can you think of? The list may differ from one to the other. 

As you reflect on the list, think about what you want to experience differently and, even more important, who you want to BE. You could use the classic SWOT approach to help you create the actions and goals to get you there. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. How does playing to your strengths give you an advantage? What weaknesses and challenges need to be addressed? What opportunities can you engage in to help? Are there potential threats to watch for and keep out of the way? Using SWOT may be a great approach to figuring out your big goals for the year. You are likely to come up with several different goals or resolutions for your year.

Maybe you have heard the stats that speak to how tough it can be to keep new year goals and resolutions alive. Trying to remember and take action on all of them at once is not only overwhelming but also increases the risk of falling short. Instead, try picking one goal to begin with and tackle it as a sprint of massive action until it's done. Then, move on to the next one. You will likely get a lot further, and faster, when you do so. 

Next, see if you can connect the dots and come up with a word or two to describe who you are BEING when you have accomplished those goals or resolutions. Your two words simplify and serve as a consistent guide as you apply them to your intentions and the many facets of your day. For example, this year, I chose the words Healthy and Happy. Healthy and happy are words that could apply to any life area, any goal or situation, and my day-to-day decision-making. The key is keeping the word(s) front of mind. Instead of trying to speed through your day, take the opportunity to pause or slow down, and evaluate what you are saying yes to from the perspective of your word(s). Your words become the inner guide and compass to keep you on track with your big goals and resolutions.

Now it’s your turn. What are the big goals/resolutions on your mind for 2022? What are the common denominator words that describe who you are BEING as you go about accomplishing them? How will you adopt a habit of integrating these words into your day-to-day decisions and actions?

All the best in the new year!

Robin Nordmeyer, PCAC, CLC
ADHD Coach | Center For Living Well with ADHD, LLC

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Decluttered At Last — Book Club & Coaching Circle

Thursdays, January 20 - February 24

6:30 pm Eastern | 5:30 pm Central | 4:30 pm Mountain | 3:30 pm am Pacific

Join us for a Get-It-Done opportunity to deep dive together into what we have found to be an inspirational book while working on your decluttering goals. Receive coaching support from two experienced ADHD Coaches to help you set up reasonable decluttering goals and take the next steps to get the clutter gone. Enjoy the opportunity of working with a group to support and cheer you on.   

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Self Care and ADHD: Lifestyle Hacks for Better Living

Saturday, February 5th, 2022

11:00 am Eastern | 10:00 am Central | 9:00 am Mountain | 8:00 am Pacific

Your self-care practices and lifestyle choices can help or worsen your experience with ADHD.  Explore their connection to ADHD and ways to support better brain health and minimize symptoms. Learn ideas and strategies to help you integrate more self-care and lifestyle choices into your day. Survey your own needs and pick an area to focus on. Work on your next steps and taking action during the seven-day challenge so we can support you.

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