The January Mindset
Every January, there are men and women around the world, who think it’s a new year to start fresh and remove those habits they’ve developed throughout the past year.
Not that there is anything wrong with the above way of thinking, but how many people actually follow through, and make the necessary changes in their life for them to become sustainable? Most people don’t take any time out to look at their life with self-reflection glasses on and to learn from their mistakes or why they aren’t achieving what they want.
Everyone just wants that shiny object out in front of him or her to chase down throughout the year.
When the clocks tick 12 o’clock on January 1st, that doesn’t mean you automatically gain the needed motivation and mindset, that you didn’t have at the same time one month ago to make a change in your life. Or am I looking at the wrong clock?
In my opinion, most New Year’s resolutions don’t work because people pick a part of their life they would like to improve and from January 1st, simply try to change that one thing, nothing else.
To create sustainable changes in life, you need to understand yourself a little more and what you actually need (not what everyone else is doing) to create a more complete you.
Reflection is a powerful tool, which can play a big part to help you understand what’s missing or may need development in your life; but it means spending some time with yourself.
Without spending time to sharpen your reflection tools, you will be left struggling to once again understand what went wrong when you failed to achieve yet another New Year’s resolution.
Taking time out of your life for reflection is well worth the investment. It gives you clarity, understanding, and insight into what is exactly going on in your life, so you can identify what needs to be worked on.
I have made many New Year’s resolutions, some I’ve kept throughout the year and my life – like having a morning routine. Others have fallen by the way side throughout February, March, or April. But each time I fail with these silent promises, I make a note to myself to look for the reasons why I didn’t fulfill these internal promises through reflection.
When I spend time reflecting, usually I can understand where I went wrong in my approach, or at the very least learn something about my actions, behaviors, or many other flaws surrounding my goal.
Through the power of reflection, I’m constantly learning about myself, how I work, and what I need to do in order to stick with a goal, whether the date is January 1st or October 14th!
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Interview with Luke Tyburski
How did you begin your speaking career?
After completing many of my ultra-endurance challenges and telling people about the ordeals I went through in order to finish them, I realised I could help others by telling my stories. As my journey in life progressed, I was continually learning about how I’m able to overcome the obstacles I had faced during the ultra-endurance challenges I completed, and that I have an incredible ability to adapt when hit with setbacks. I knew I had to share this knowledge and wanted to start teaching others to adapt to their own setbacks and overcome the obstacles we all face in life by using the same principles that have been helpful to me.
What is the most unique experience you have had as a result of your job?
Having an audience member ask me mid presentation if he can invest in my next adventure (when I wasn’t even speaking about my adventures) because he was inspired by my passion, drive, and work ethic. Then, he actually did invest in my next adventure, not sure who was more excited…
What’s your best advice for someone who wants to start doing extreme ultra-endurance sports?
Know your WHY! Understand the deep rooted internal driving force that is tempting your mind with these thoughts. If it’s simply your ego that is encouraging you, then at the first sign of trouble, or when things get truly tough, your ego will desert you, and you’ll be left thinking why am I doing this…
What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?
I learn from each and every talk I give, and this excites me. Whether it be from a question someone asks me during or after a presentation, the reaction from my audience when I’m delivering a point, or when I’m reflecting on my content and delivery. There are opportunities to learn about ourselves, others, and life if we open up ourselves to be teachable and welcome knowledge in all forms.
Who or what inspires you most?
People who make themselves accountable to a specific goal, and do the work to achieve it. This truly inspires me, as seeing or hearing of people who commit themselves with conviction to achieve something in their life, then dedicate time to actually give themselves a chance to accomplish this goal energises myself to continually do the same in my own life.
What are 3 habits for success?
- Know why you’re setting out to achieve what you think you want.
- Be consistent in all that you do.
- Work hard and focus on the process rather than the outcome.