The Year Of Me

Why not make 2016 #theyearofme

I never used to be a big social media nerd, but this past year I decided to take on a bit of a project. I became single after being in repeated relationships for 14 years. It was as if I stepped into a whole new universe with this newfound freedom I had no clue what to do with! I found myself all of a sudden living life to the fullest. I became more adventurous, stepped out of my comfort zone, released fear, and said yes a whole lot more! I decided to document my experiences on Instagram and called it #theyearofsharon. Through personal experiences and my journey with life coaching, I created a program which could potentially help propel others into a lifetime of success, happiness, and fulfillment – it’s called #theyearofme. Here are a few tips from the program that will inevitably begin to set the foundation for what you want to achieve in 2016!

Create time management strategies

It’s so easy on January 1st to list off a bunch of things we want to achieve over the next year. Those New Year Resolutions can seem shiny and new. However, studies show that only 8% of people stick to their New Year goals. Lack of motivation is one thing, but for many, time can be their worst enemy. It’s important to create a strategy that allows you the time to follow through on your goals. As you make your New Year resolutions, I encourage you at the same time to make a list of all the possible obstacles that could hinder you from succeeding. Set yourself up for success by being honest with yourself about the things you know might get in your way. When you can foresee these hindrances you can plan ahead and figure out ways to work around them so you can stay on track.

Believe in yourself.

To be able to follow through on your resolutions you need to believe you can actually do it! If you feel you’ve failed in the past, it’s possible deep down that you don’t believe you’re capable of achieving your goals. This keeps you from taking them seriously to begin with. If this is the case, you need to rebuild self-trust. The first step in doing this is to reframe the situation by giving yourself a new message. For example, instead of telling yourself, “I’m so lazy, I’m never going to get in shape if I keep skipping out on the gym,” try reframing it in a more positive way by saying, “I missed today but that just means I’ll have extra energy to burn tomorrow.” Beating yourself up isn’t going to get you anywhere. Be kind to yourself and celebrate the small feats and the effort you’re putting in to achieve your goals. True success isn’t the reward at the end; it’s all the steps you took to get there.

Bounce back quickly from the tough stuff

It’s inevitable we’re all going to run into situations and roadblocks that might keep us from moving forward. We can’t always control what gets thrown at us, but we can choose how we react. It’s important to allow yourself to feel whatever emotions are taking effect – but what’s even more imperative is asking yourself why you’re feeling that way and what you have learned from the situation. The quicker you choose to acknowledge these questions, the faster you will find yourself being able to let go and move on.

 

Sharon Stokes
Sharon Stokes is a Certified Life Coach who studied at The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She has also worked as a coach at Matthew Hussey’s 5 day Lifestyle Retreats, where she’s had the opportunity to help transform the lives of countless women and been voted as one of the top trainers. Sharon is a Certified Fitness Instructor, currently teaching BodyJam and Jillian Michaels’ BodyShred program. Through her work as an instructor, she has been able to create lasting connections with her clients, and inspires them to live healthy, happy lives. Sharon has also worked in the media for over 10 years as a Segment Producer for CTV’s etalk and The Marilyn Denis Show. Through her media career she has had the opportunity to interview A-list celebrities and coach lifestyle experts to peak performance levels for television. She has the ability to problem solve quickly, communicate with many different personality types and can adapt easily to change. Sharon currently resides in Toronto with her little dog Lucy.

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