You arrive home from holiday refreshed, revitalized, rejuvenated. In fact, you feel unstoppable.
And then life happens.
You’re back on the treadmill of never ending meetings, the household is chaotic, you’re eating on the run and find yourself multi-tasking across multiple devices.
That promise you made to yourself whilst relaxing under a palm tree, climbing a mountain or maybe diving into a wave starts slipping away.
That promise to be healthier, calmer, more daring, to read more, to have time to yourself…..
We all make that promise.
Keeping that promise takes some work.
I’ve witnessed many ‘aha moments’ and listened to countless ‘holiday promises’ during my 10+ years of retreat experience. Over our final breakfast we like to chat about the highlights of the retreat and the one thought or promise that each person takes home. It’s always an insightful and heartfelt conversation.
I so believed in the power of making that ONE holiday promise that I wrote a book called “Take Your Holiday Home” to help people keep their promises. It’s a journal (or I like to call it a playbook) with worksheets, stories and 21 promises that I think are most helpful to take home the holiday happiness.
Science tells us that journaling has wonderful health benefits, especially when we use pen and paper rather than apps or word processing. It’s important to write your promise and your plan down.
Here’s the 6 steps I use in my book….
Step 1. Make ONE promise.
When we’re on a holiday high we think we can instantly banish bad habits or shift to a new way of thinking overnight. Our first mistake is to declare a long list of intentions and then we fail. Really think about what’s important to you, what inspires you, and how big or small you want to go. Write down ONE Promise.
Step 2. Ideas.
Ask yourself HOW am I going to make this happen? Write a list of ideas. They can be crazy, sensible, scary, audacious. Don’t hold back, it’s just a list at this stage.
Step 3. Action I will take.
Now is the time to be realistic. Choose ONE idea from your list. The one that is doable and gets your heart going.
Step 4. How often/when.
Set date(s) and time(s). Be specific. Be realistic. Set a calendar alert on the phone; slap a post-it note on the fridge; write it on your arm. Whatever works for you as a reminder.
Step 5. Done. Here’s my proof.
Write down your progress, your wins. Be honest.
Step 6. The lesson.
What have you learnt? What difference has it made to your life? What impact has it had on others? How to keep it going?
Journaling can take you from a vague promise to ‘read more books’ to actually making a change of habit that brings reading into your life with ease.
Here’s the difference when you journal the 6 steps….
Step 1: The promise. I promise to by read books that inspire me every day without the distraction of my phone.
Step 2: Ideas. Make a book list. Ask friends for suggestions. Create a reading nook in the house or garden. Join a book club. Join the library.
Step 3: Action. This is my book list….
Step 4: Date/Time. Sunday morning is my reading time. Minimum of 2 hours.
Step 5: Progress: Book no 1 finished today (date)
Step 6: The Lessons: Switching the phone off when I read is heaven. Reading relaxes and inspires me. Getting completely wrapped up in a story is the perfect escape. I feel like I’m on holiday.
How’s your holiday promise looking? Do you need to grab pen and paper before it slips away?
Where would you like to make your next holiday promise? Timor-Leste, The French Alps, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Bali? We can help you with that, in fact we won’t let you go home without one! Join us in 2019.
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