The new year inevitably creates a laundry list of optimistic expectations and aspirations. The first month of January, in fact, is traditionally the busiest month for fitness clubs and gyms. However, attendance rates endure a steep drop the following month.
So why do we suddenly experience a jolt of motivation at the drop of the ball, only to find ourselves circling back to the same habits we vowed to break the month before?
The answer is this: Motivation ebbs and flows with emotion.
Discipline does not.
At Domatcha, we take no shortcuts with the quality of our matcha, even as labour-intensive as it might be. We have a philosophy of consistency, discipline, and excellence in bringing the best matcha to our customers.
As a fitting theme with the values we embody, we thought we could suggest ways to help you stay on track with your goals in 2023.
Establish a Solid Morning Routine
How we begin our days sets the tone for the rest of the day. If we wake up begrudgingly at the last stroke of our alarm clock, we’re more likely to show up to our work more lethargic and moodier.
Instead, waking up a little earlier and having some time to meditate, get ready without hurry, make a nice breakfast, and enjoy a cup of Domatcha green tea, can have a very rejuvenating effect on our mental state.
We’re then primed to carry on our days with more calmness.
Additionally, sipping on Domatcha green tea in the morning gives us a slight caffeine boost (around 25-35g of caffeine per serving) and high levels of L-Theanine, which helps curb stress. If you’re on the go, we recommend mixing one Organic Domatcha travel pack into a filtered water bottle.
Focus on Progress, Not Perfection
Many of us take a black or white approach to accomplishment. It’s either perfect, or it’s a failure.
This type of mindset is faulty and problematic, as it’s often rare we can accomplish large goals overnight, or perfectly the first time.
Let’s say you’re studying for an important license or a test. You study hard for it, but you end up scoring below the minimum passing grade on the first try. If you employ a black or white mindset, you’re more likely to view yourself as a failure, hence, stop trying to pass the test. You may never end up getting that license.
Conversely, if you adopt a growth mindset, you’re going to perceive hiccups on the path to accomplishing your goals as stepping stones. There’s no such thing as failure; it’s only a lesson that can help you improve in the future. In this case, you’re more likely to achieve those goals, even if it takes longer than anticipated.
To help you stay focused on tackling your goals, we recommend sipping on Domatcha green tea throughout the day. Our Domatcha Master’s Choice contains the highest levels of L-theanine among all our products. This amino acid has been proven to increase alpha waves in the brain and have adaptogen properties, leading to increased focus, alertness, and calmness.
Prioritize a Few Things, Be Intentional
It’s tempting to overload ourselves with new goals at the start of a new year because we’re highly motivated during this period. However, as the overcast falls upon us in the later months, the accumulated, unaccomplished goals tear at our consciousness.
It’s better to focus on a few key objectives than to have a bunch of scattered goals. Have a serious conversation with yourself and take a generous amount of time to plan what your key priorities will be and why. Then you can reverse engineer the path to success by setting up what you need to accomplish every month, every week, and every day to reach those high-level objectives.
When we plan out our objectives strategically, it allows more freedom to be intentional. We know exactly what we should be doing, which lessens the burden of decision-making.
One of your priorities, like much of the population, might be vitality and better health. An easy way to incorporate healthy habits into your life—maybe to decrease your weight or the prevalence of ailment symptoms, might be to replace one cup of coffee, soda, juice, or alcoholic beverage with one cup of 100% Japanese stone ground matcha tea. By doing this for a month, you’ll have consumed a significant amount of free radical fighting antioxidants, along with trace minerals and vitamin C (which is also great for healthy skin). Drinking one cup of matcha tea is equivalent to 10 cups of steeped green tea. Over time, this simple habit can help you achieve better health and energy levels.
As 2023 rolls around, let’s slow down and think through our priorities carefully before making any lofty claims.
Breaking up larger goals into more manageable daily habits can help immensely in helping us stay consistent and motivated through the year—instead of crashing and burning in the first month.
We at Domatcha hope you can successfully achieve all the goals you set out this year.