I know the thought of New Year’s resolutions brings a bit of dread to most peoples minds, myself included. And it’s no wonder! We’ve just spent the last 6 weeks bustling about, cramming in work, holiday preparations, gifts, cooking, shopping and family time into a very tight schedule. Not only are we experiencing a “food hangover” from all the decadent sweets, casseroles and refined carbs, but we are TIRED! The last thing that you want to do is revamp your entire life for the new year. That’s why my advice to you is to ease into 2014 without putting a lot of pressure on yourself. Take this first week of the year to relax, reflect and refocus! Give yourself time to truly consider what your goals are for the new year and use the following tips to take the dread out of your resolutions.
Create a vision for your best year yet: It can be daunting to write out a list of “resolutions” instead think about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. In an ideal world what does it look like for you? How do you want to spend your time and who do you want to spend your time with? Think about where you want to be a year from now and work backwards. Creating a vision is a powerful tool for accomplishing your goals and living your life on purpose.
Don't try to do everything at once: Sure you want to lose weight, de-clutter your home and earn a bigger paycheck this year, but Rome wasn’t built in a day! Make a list of the areas you would like to work on and break each goal into smaller more manageable goals. By focusing on one small goal at a time you will stay encouraged and feel more accomplished
Give yourself more credit: I’ve learned from my clients that the biggest reason why they have “failed” to reach their goals in the past is that they take an “all or nothing” approach. If they aren’t “perfect” they beat themselves up and inevitably give up on achieving their goals. The best way to remedy this vicious cycle is to acknowledge yourself for every little accomplishment. You avoided the doughnuts at the office meeting – good for you! You took the stairs instead of the elevator - pat yourself on the back. The truth is, creating a healthy lifestyle is about one small change at a time, replacing old habits with new ones that add to your health.
Have support: Lasting change doesn’t happen overnight, so be kind with yourself and find someone to support and encourage you for those days when you want to give up! Whether it’s a trusted friend, family member, trainer or health coach, everyone needs accountability in order to reach their biggest, life-changing goals.
Set realistic expectations: You didn’t gain 30 pounds overnight and you aren’t going to lose them that quickly either. Be realistic in your goals and expectations so that you won’t become disappointed and give up! If you’ve been lax about the gym for the past 3 months it’s not likely your going to go 6 days this week. Aim for a more realistic goal at first and reassess frequently.
Have fun with your resolutions: This doesn't have to be a drag, in fact it shouldn’t be or your results will reflect your negative attitude. Rather than simply focusing on the usual topics of weight loss and earning more money, think about how much time you want to spend with friends and family or how many vacations you want to take this year. Maybe you want to spend more time reading and less time in front of an electronic device. Do you want to take more time for yourself this year? Consider take an art class or dance lessons. Is there something on your bucket list you’d like to accomplish? The point is your resolutions should be exciting and inspiring. They should lift you up rather than drag you down or make you feel guilty.
My wish for all of you is that in 2014 is your best year yet! I hope that you enjoy life more, spend more time on things that matter and less on things that don’t and of course, that you achieve all of your health and wellness goals.
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