If you start every year with a fresh focus but don't manage to follow it through, here's how to attract what you want this year.
For most of us, a new year means a new start. "This year, I'm going to: lose weight, spend more time with family, quit smoking, drink less, exercise more, land my dream job..." the list is endless.
So why do so many of us look back on the year that was and realise that we didn’t quite follow through?
How you approach what you want in life has a lot to do with your mindset and your ability to attract what you want.
Law of attraction practitioner and multi-genre author of Mindful Magic, Karen McDermott, says it's certainly achievable to attract what you want in life. The key is to start slow and avoid becoming overwhelmed.
"The first thing to do is to choose to make a slight change and grow from there," she explains.
"Quite often we try to do too much at one time and so the transition seems overwhelming. Small incremental steps will make a huge lifelong impact."
Karen, who is a mum of six children, says her mindset is challenged every day, but she makes a conscious effort to focus on the positive and special moments with her kids that shine through.
Starting the year with the right mindset will make a huge difference to the way you approach the year ahead, and there's scientific data to prove it.
Dr. Alia Crum, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, has done extensive research on how our mindset impacts our reality through our perspective and behaviours.
In one study a group of students were told they were drinking a fat-free diet milkshake, while another group were told they were drinking a decadent full fat shake.
The group who were given the decadent milkshake had a significant increase in Ghrelin, the hormone that tells the body it’s full. In fact, it was almost three times higher than those who were told they had consumed the diet shake.
In actual fact, both groups were given the same shake to drink, however their bodies reaction was determined by their perception of what they were consuming.
Dr Crum found that the results were based on people's mindsets rather than reality.
It's much the same when setting our goals for the year ahead with positive thoughts attracting positive behaviours.
While we can often use everyday life events as an excuse for not achieving these goals, Karen says this shouldn’t be the case.
“Often we choose to sacrifice our own desires for a life we believe that we want when in fact our true purpose is so much more than that, so ultimately we are blocking that which truly fulfils us,” she explains.
Here are Karen’s top seven tips to changing your mindset in 2018.
- Keep it simple – Remember that one simple mindset shift can change your life.
- The 21 day challenge - Do something mindfully for 21 days and you will soon realise that you have created a habit.
- Keep up those positive vibes - Positive energy will attract positive things into your life.
- Be passionate - Passion fueled by loving intention can make anything happen.
- The sky is the limit - There are no limits, only the ones we impose on ourselves.
- Be open to life’s magic - If you allow yourself to believe in the magic of life, you will experience a more magical life.
- Trust your gut - A knowing is not a thinking thing, it is a feeling thing, accept this and you will be guided to your purpose.