One-twelfth of our precious year is over. 31 days. How are your New Year’s resolutions coming? For many of us, they are quickly dwindling as we get back to our day to day grind. We have work to get to, work to bring home (Really?!); family obligations; household chores. Driving! We are taking care of kids, whether they are three years old or 23 years old. And in Colorado, if you aren’t taking care of your human kids, then it is your furry kids.
When do you make time for you? A month has slipped by; a new one is just beginning. The year will come to an end with or without your commitment to change. The choice is yours, you can choose now to lose weight, quit smoking, start running, eat organic, be a conscientious consumer, whatever your goal may be. Or you choose to remain unaware, living unconsciously, choosing the same things day in and day out, from habit, only to wake up January 1, 2014 and realize you have the same resolutions this year as you did last year.
What would it take to put you first? To choose more joy, happiness, fun, comfort in your body, faith in your food, more connectedness? When you have joy in your life, the small things give big comfort, and happiness weaves its way into your view. If you choose to make your happiness a priority, you will put your thoughts into words, your words into actions and start creating happiness. You will be more pleasant to all of those around you. You will have more energy to do more things that you love and find fun! When activities are fun, and active, you can find love and respect for your body. You become comfortable in your own skin and you find awe in how capable and amazing your body truly is. Awareness comes to you more easily and you become more attuned to what your body needs, nutritionally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Can you feel yourself coming back to more joy? You begin choosing organic and local first, becoming aware of the energy of food and the conditions of the animals you consume.
In your new found body, you feel more confident, open, and you find yourself being asked for advice on how to be healthy and happy. You become more connected to others who are motivated to be more, to choose more.
If you find this resonating in you, it is time to make your words into actions. You can see from this year, last year and perhaps many years prior, that sticking to resolutions under your own watch, is not working. Having a person, or a team of people, keeping you accountable, and providing you with resources and information can make all of the difference. It will, of course, still require a commitment on your part.
Having a coach, such as a life coach or a health coach, can help your goals take structure and give your path a direction. They provide you with an unbiased, non-invested ear to listen to your concerns, your perceived obstacles, your hopes and dreams. Having another person focus on you and how you can become all that you are capable of, for an hour at a time, is something that rarely, if ever, happens in this reality.
Our greatness comes from our choosing it. Find the money and the time to make yourself a priority. Ask yourself, how will this body feel in five years, 10 years, and 15 years? Ask yourself, should I address this now or later? Will you be living a life full of distraction, filling prescriptions to hide your mental and physical pain? Or will you be creating the life you deserve?