Why We Feel More Resistance After the New Year & How to Get Past It

The new year is always great.

Full of hope, aspirations and motivation. Full of ideas, intentions and goals.

And, unfortunately, full of creation-overload.

 

The new year definitely has this weird thing about it that makes everything feel like they can have a fresh start, when in all reality it’s just another day with a different number at the end. I’ll play along, though, and admit that the new year does have a tendency to give us an extra boost of motivation to reach our goals. 

That’s why you always see things start on January 1st.

Like the 365 day projects.

Or the work out 5 days a week projects.

Or the eat healthier projects.

In all honesty, why is it that we couldn’t start working out before the holidays? Why did we have to wait until January 1st to make this change in our lives? Why did you have to wait till January 1st to start your business?

 

The new year brings a sense of stress and weight to our already heavy shoulders. It brings higher expectations and time-commitments.

For me, it brings a lot of resistance

I hate resistance even more than I hate the fact that I’m lactose-intollerant. It makes me so angry that I have this amazingly-awesome idea in my head and just. can’t. seem. to. take. action. Seriously annoying, and I’m sure you feel the same way.

 

Here are a few things that I do, that may help you, overcome New Years resistance:

  1. Spread out your projects by the month. You don’t have to start working on every single project right now. This is especially hard for me to realize, even as I type this. I’m the type of person that wants to do something the exact second that I think of the idea. I want to go straight to GoDaddy, buy the domain, install WordPress and write the course outline. Sometimes, this works for me. Other times, it just bogs me down because I end up with 5 unfinished ideas and a backup of existing projects.
  2. Be specific. Sometimes starting is the hardest part. If you are starting the creation process of a new product or program, or maybe redesigning your website, make a list of all the major tasks that need to be accomplished. Then, assign a major task to each week (or maybe two depending on how large they are and how much time you have). Working on these tasks, chunk by chunk, can help you overcome the resistance of starting in the first place due to complete overwhelm.
  3. If you’re currently working on client projects, and can’t seem to find the time to work on these new ideas for programs and products, dedicate 1 hour each day for this new idea. Write your sales page one day, write the program outline the next day, set up your affiliate accounts the next day, and so on. Continue to work on your current projects that you’ve already started, while making small steps towards finishing your new programs.

 

Do you feel the same way I do about the new year? Tell me in the comments below how you plan to overcome the new year resistance. Maybe it’s one of the ways I mentioned above? Maybe it’s something that’s worked in the past for you? Either way, I would love to hear it, and I know everyone else would too!

 

Cheers,

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  • http://twitter.com/melaniebiehle Inward Facing Girl

    I’m the same way about ideas. When I have one, I’m ready to do it right away! Of course I have tons of notebooks, clippings, and electronic to-dos FULL of potential projects. I always laugh when people say, what if you run out of ideas or do you ever worry that you won’t have anything to write about? HA! I WISH! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/omnilove Nina Boneta

    I’m totally with you. I could barely get to sleep last night because I was basking in the light of ideas, all the things I want to accomplish and how I want it all NOW. I need to work on #3, work an hour each day on the different project and make slow but steady progress.

    • amandagenther

      I keep a little notebook next to my bed to jot down ideas before I fall asleep. Helps me go to bed with a clear head!

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.michelle.r Anne Rutter

    I’m on the same page. Running your own business means dedicating time to GROW your business. I tend to get so consumed with client projects, emails, and admin taks that my personal projects get bogged down. Committing to #3 … starting right now!

    • amandagenther

      Don’t we all? It’s definitely a practice! Schedule it so you won’t forget!

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  • http://twitter.com/ash_lorelle Ashley Lorelle

    My favorite idea is planning projects month to month and week to week. I always hated the mentality that you have to wait until the first of the year to improve your life. I believe that every day is the first day of the rest of your life, and the perfect time to start fresh.

    • amandagenther

      I completely agree! Love month-to-month. That seems to be how my brain works, too!

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