I share with Thrive Global while I eschew New Year’s resolutions in favor of choosing a mid-year reset instead.
New Year’s Resolutions
I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. The timing always seemed off to me for making a lasting, sustainable change. More than a month of indulgence, frenzy, celebration, and chaos leaves so many of us drained and unmotivated. Not exactly the perfect setup when we’re looking to revamp our lives.
As the ball dropped and we ushered in 2022, I made the resolution not to take on any lofty goals or big changes in the first part of the year. Instead, I committed to staying curious and observant about my life. Taking note of the things that gave me energy and the things that drained my energy. I committed to researching.
A mid-year alcohol reset
This was the same approach I took when I found myself unhappy with the amount of alcohol I was drinking. I didn’t make a resolution to stop drinking or even to drink less. Instead, what I did instead was get curious. I looked into all the reasons I drank, what I thought alcohol was doing for me, what science had to say about alcohol and its effects on me, and everything I thought was influencing me and my choices. I poured myself into this exploration for a year before making any decisions. That choice and learning to get curious rather than being impulsive and reactive has completely changed how I approach making any changes in my life.
That’s the approach I now recommend everyone takes when it comes to making changes in their lives. It’s how I’ve helped thousands of people change their lives — not just when it comes to their relationships with alcohol but really anything they notice draining their energy and joy.
Why Make A Change
A date on the calendar isn’t a reason to make a change in your life. But you can certainly use a date on the calendar as your impetus to start getting curious and start exploring whether you need to make a change. Changing behavior or a habit is probably the easiest thing to do. Sustaining that change can be incredibly easy or unbelievably difficult depending on the process you use to get there.
A mid-year reset isn’t about saying, “It’s July 1, and today is the day I stop [insert big goal here].” It’s about saying, “Today is the day I’m going to start exploring why I feel I need to change how I’m doing things now.” The first step is not resetting the behavior.
And that changes everything.
Read more about making a mid-year reset here.
Make Your Own Mid-Year Reset with Alcohol
If you’re ready to explore how to make changes in your life in a way you’ve never tried before, I encourage you to start with knowledge. Your relationship with alcohol might need a reset. Come join us for a brand new take on Dry July in the Live Alcohol Experiment. It’s 30 days of knowledge, exploration, and coaching designed to put you back in control of your relationship with alcohol. Learn more here.