With New Year’s day just around the corner I thought it might be a good idea to get the ball rolling on the whole New Year’s resolution thing.
Resolutions come and go, but one thing remains the same – we continue to make them every year.
Thus, in the spirit of the almighty resolution I thought it might be a good idea to lay down a few principles of change and how we can all make them stick.
Yoga For Me Most folks have a New Year’s goal of increase vitality and health. Ironically, my goal this year is also along those lines. As I get older, I find myself a little less flexible so I have decided to participate in Yoga twice a week this year (I will be going to Stepping Stone Studio).
Your journey and decisions will be different that mine, but always remember that you can do many things to help make yourself be, and feel, healthier. It is true that redesigning your lifestyle can be daunting, but it is also so rewarding.
Two Things Two things make a resolution work. The first one is making your resolution realistic. That means picking something that is actually doable and will set you up for success.
The second thing is called complacency resistance. That means being resistant to no doing the resolution suggested – or said another way – let nothing come between you and your resolution. Do not become complacent. In fact, sometimes when I do not feel like doing a particular task I often remind myself that I always engage in complacency resistance!
Getting Started There are a variety of healthy habits you could start with. For example, you may want to add exercise, take vitamins, try certain foods or adopt a positive way of thinking. Some things you may want to avoid include cigarettes, alcohol, drugs or junk foods. You may wanted to consider getting a consult with a professional if you need help implementing healthy changes.
The key to making this work is found in five steps. You must start small and get focused. Be resistant to quitting and give yourself a hug when you keep going! Here are the five steps:
Five Steps Step 1 – Make a list of healthy things that you want to add to your life. It could be physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual. Keep them simple.
Step 2 – Laser focus on a few things by narrowing down the list to two things that you think you could implement now. Although running 5 miles every day may be a good long-term goal, it may be unrealistic to start with that task.
Step 3 – Pick one of the two resolutions from the list and make it a priority. If it is a daily task, such as exercising, set an alarm on your phone or make a note on your calendar to remind you to complete it every day. What that means is that you must create the time to make it happen. When you don’t feel like doing it always remember why you wanted to do it in the first place. Remember – complacency resistance!
Step 4 – Take the plunge and spread the word. Tell your family and friends about the healthy change you want to make. Encourage your family and friends to hold you accountable if you start to slack off. If you do not feel comfortable sharing your plans with family, find a support group. You might be surprised how many people have the same goal as you.
Step 5 – Stick to one healthy addition at a time. When your new goal becomes a habit, you can start on the second one of the list.
Props Give yourself the proper respect when you have resisted complacency and completed what you set out to do. Reward yourself for sticking to your goals and making healthy changes. If you started to go to religious services weekly or exercise every weekday for a month, allow yourself a special treat. Rewards can help you continue to work toward your end goal.
Remember to focus on why you are doing it and how you can become the most resistant to complacency.
If Yoga is one of your goals I just might see you around.
Remember – Eat Healthy. Exercise Well. And Smile.
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