Defining what wellbeing means to you might help to set a more sustainable course for growth in the year ahead. As Socrates is quoted as saying “The secret of CHANGE is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on BUILDING the NEW.”
Do you want to lose weight? That will take longer than a month. Do you want a promotion? That will also take longer. Do you want to invest for future financial independence? Sorry, that is going to take time too.
Let’s imagine what you desire the beginning of 2023 to look like in terms of your personal wellbeing. Imagining the destination can help us set our goals in a more tangible way. Once you do that, you can list the activities that will get you there.
The following are some thought prompters to get you started, but all areas are important to provide us with overall wellbeing and balance. Perhaps by the end of this year, you can try to tick as many of the following boxes as possible.
- Career health
- Find your ‘why’ that drives you and that puts you in the zone. Find the clarity of your role so you have purpose and passion for your job
- Make sure you have a clear role description with accountabilities listed
- A good manager who understands you and your aspirations is critical. Find this relationship with your boss to take you and your career to new heights
- A personal performance and development plan so you can see your career path and the 3 E’s to get you there – Experience, Exposure and Education.
- Schedule regular breaks to avoid burn out. Long weekends and mini-breaks help refresh and re-set. They are also great to look forward to when scheduled in the calendar.
- Physical health
- Review your daily habits and choices. What new ones can make me better? It is YOU vs YOU, so be hard on yourself
- Move for at least 30 minutes, four times a week. Make sure this is diarised in your calendar as a regular habit. At a minimum. Not negotiable
- A good consistent way to do this every second day is to wake up, count from 10 to 1 and then at 1, get out of bed, get ready and go
- Improve your nutrition and hydration. Find something that works for you. We can all benefit from less sugar, less bread and more water. But only you know what makes you feel healthier.
- Emotional health
- Turn off your phone and turn off the internet. Don’t let them be the priority. Use them as rewards when you complete career and physical wellbeing activities
- Maintain lots of social contact with friends and family, but where possible, maintain the connection in person not through texting
- Remove toxic aspects from your life. Those things and people that stop you achieving
- Speak to an expert if you are really struggling with the voice in your head. Battling on is not always the best or the bravest thing to do. Talking about it can be braver.
- Financial health
- Spend less than you earn and save the difference. Consider opening separate bank accounts to allocate funds for regular living expenses, short term savings goals, and long term savings goals to their own account
- ‘Living for what makes you happy today’ financially, and not thinking about tomorrow, is potentially damaging
- Manage debt by getting help if needed to obtain a lower interest rate or consolidating your liabilities into one manageable, regular payment goal
- Consider investing a percentage of your earnings into assets that appreciate, not ones that depreciate such as cars and consumer goods
- Read and educate yourself about money.
Finally with all these things, do not let other people’s opinions dictate your life. There is nothing more difficult that navigating your wellbeing based on someone else’s opinion.
Step 1 – define what career, financial, physical and emotional wellbeing looks like in 12 months’ time
Step 2 – set a calendar reminder at the end of March, June, September and December to assess your progress
Step 3 – set up an action plan and remember that consistency is the key. You will go off track but don’t make it permanent. Reward any progress along the way.
With the last 2 years being challenging professionally and personally for everyone, setting up a foundation for better wellbeing in 2022 is a great goal.
“The secret of CHANGE is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on BUILDING the NEW.”
Start with the destination in mind.