Pace yourself

Why do we push ourselves so hard and then crash and burn?

A new start to the year sees us set goals and make new year resolutions, but perhaps we go a little too “gung-ho” when what we should do is a “soft launch”.

For example, if a new years resolution is to start exercising, then this should be a slow and gradual build up to the new goal, rather than tackling three new exercise classes in week 1 and then injuring yourself.


Another example might be working long hours to meet a business goal; never giving yourself downtime, just piling on more and more pressure upon yourself to achieve highly and quickly. This soon results in the onset of a cold, cough or virus of some description.

The moral of this story is to maintain balance. New goals and targets take ongoing dedication and commitment at the correct pace; the pace which is right for you.

Perhaps January 1st is not the best time to set new goals or new habits for ourselves? Its the middle of winter (in the UK), and its cold and dark, not the best environment to motivate, encourage and nurture. Is it not kinder for us to set our new goals in the spring, when the weather is warmer, days are brighter and nature all around us is coming to life?

Jackie Marsden MAR is a qualified reflexologist and independent consultant (Team Leader) for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic. Jackie leads and mentors a growing team of consultants (many of whom are therapists integrating organic products into their existing businesses) via the NYRO social selling channel, holding regular team meetings, one-to-one coaching via phone and facetime, and a closed facebook group. All views are my own.


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