‘Every year I make a resolution to change myself. This year, I make a resolution to be my authentic self ‘
Yesterday my husband and I discussed the topic ‘self-help’. I am a self-confessed ‘self-help junkie’ and have been like this ever since I can remember. I was already doing this before it was recognized or even fashionable, so have a bit of experience in this field.
My husband’s point was that there was now too much of it out there. The pressure to constantly thrive for the ‘best version of you’ makes people unhappy and stressed. I actually agree with him.
But there are of course different versions of self-help. As this vast topic of ‘self-help’ has become so fashionable, a lot of marketers are jumping on the bandwagon selling a lot of bad advice for huge sums of money. In my view, this is not self-help, but marketing some kind of new fad diet, plan, or product with totally unrealistic expectations and no long-term relevance.
Real self-help is being introspective and shining a light on what is not working so well for you. There is no fad, this is just a fact. We all have areas we struggle with and these are very individual. We often hear of people who we perceive as ‘super successful’ only to find out later down the line that they had actually a real rotten time during their ‘streak of public success’.
Can this be described as ‘real success’ – probably not. I feel that a real sense of accomplishment comes from a place of contentment and moving forward in one’s own authentic and timely manner. It is not a static status quo, but an ever-evolving work of progress. It has to be done in alignment with what you need and what you are currently capable of achieving. Otherwise, it becomes an unrealistic strain that leads to misery and self-doubt.
If an aspect of your life is not working, doing more of the same is insanity. So how do you change? In order to find a new way, it does make sense to look around to get advice and ideas of what works for others. This is not a fad. This is called a short cut and I am all for this.
If you had a burning desire to climb Kilimanjaro during the coming year, it would make sense to talk to someone who did the same journey last year. This person could give you a lot of advice on what gear to bring, which season to choose, and which local support network they would recommend. Doing no research at all and just going there with no preparation would be insane and dangerous.
So why don’t we follow through in this manner with all other areas of our life?
That is exactly what I intend to do with Living With The Moon. I have been trawling through tons of advice, research, and old charts/tips left by my grandmother and have ordered them into categories relating to your
Health and beauty – Looking Good – the turquoise symbols
Gardening and Home – Happy House – the green symbols
Relationships and Love – Feeling love – the pink symbols
Career, Vocation, and Money – the grey-blue symbols
Happiness, inner fulfillment – Feeling great – yellow symbols
Look out for them in the LWTM Lifestyle Holistic Lifestyle Calendar and click on the symbol descriptions for more information
Everybody who has followed this website for a while knows that I am not a big fan of big New Year Resolutions. It never worked for me. That is why I put together the LWTM Lifegoal Planner with a step-by-step program to gently guide you through the rapids of life. You get a free copy when you join our free LWTM membership. I put this together as a tool to help you and not as a fad to make money.
I hope you find it as useful as I do.
Have a happy and productive 2023
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