Welcome to 2014! A new year always means the possibility for a fresh start and a clean slate.
It is often the time of year when we promise ourselves that we will do something differently, detox, lose that weight, start exercising, eat healthier, change jobs… Whatever that one ‘thing’ is for you, research has shown that unfortunately by the 2nd week in February most of us have given up on our new goals and reverted back to old ways.
Why does this happen?
The most common reason we don’t stick with things is that we are not truly committed to change. We are contemplating it and the intention is there but then the limiting beliefs start creeping in and it is easier to go back to old ways. The underlying motivation and driver is often not strong enough for us to continue. It is easier to stay in something that we know isn’t working than to make a change.
Let’s face it change can be hard and we all resist it at times. A good thing to ask yourself when the motivations starts to wain is how long are you willing to stay with this ‘thing’ hanging over you, a month, 12 months, 5 years? What might the cost be to your health if you don’t make this change now and how much of you energy does it take up thinking about it? Important questions to ponder…
How can we learn from previous years?
Acknowledge what has and hasn’t worked for you in the past. If getting fit is one of your goals that has carried over from the last 5 years then ask yourself some probing questions. What you have done before obviously hasn’t worked for you so you need to find a different approach. Think about what is the missing piece you need to make this a reality, is it finding an exercise you enjoy? Do you need an accountability partner to motivate you? Think about what support you may need to make your goal a reality. Once you have identified what these blocks are it is easier to move forward into action.
How do we ingrain these intentions into a true habit now?
Now that we have identified these blocks we just need to commit to the action. How do we do this? Put your intention out there, let your family and friends know you are upgrading your food choices or have decided to get fit, get the support. Schedule a daily reminder pop up in your diary for the next 6 months so you can check in with yourself on your own progress. If it is exercise, commit to a class with a friend, if it is food clear out your cupboards of things that you know will tempt you, schedule a monthly catch-up with friends for the year so you know you have something to look forward to and be sure to schedule in some time weekly for your own self-care.
Take a minute to imagine what it will be like when you have achieved your goal, what it will look like, how will it feel and how proud you will be of yourself for following through with it this year. Good luck, you know you can do it!
Wishing you a year full of health, happiness, a passion for life and new adventures.
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