Each December 31st, I notice that the years seem to fly by faster and faster. And true to form, here we are already – yet again at the tail end of another year. More than anything, I love this time of reflection. It gives us an opportunity to step back and take stock of where we are and where we want to be. As I think back on where I was a year ago, where I am today and where I want to be in the future, I know that making improvements and positive changes takes some strategy, focus and effort. So, let’s hone in on how to keep those resolutions from becoming fleeting thoughts that disappear along with the New Year’s festivities.
- First and foremost, focus is key. When deciding what you really want for yourself this coming year, get to know your WHY. Don’t settle for setting resolutions that you think you “should” or “have to” do. Go deep. Keep asking yourself questions about your WHY. If you intention is to lose weight, what is the real goal behind that intention? Maybe it’s that you ultimately want to be able to be fit enough to actively engage with your children and /or grandchildren in the future.
- Set intentions. You want to create a vision based on your goals. If you think of intentions, rather than in rigid, absolute terms, you’ll stand a better chance of reaching your end result. Your resolutions should not feel like punishments – that is not going to motivate you – but will do just the opposite! Set a monthly reminder in your calendar on the 1st of each month to ensure that you revisit your vision periodically to keep it fresh in your mind.
- K.I.S.F. – Keep it simple. And fun. The more complicated we make things, the less likely we are to follow through. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Small steps = success. What makes things more fun? How about a support network?! Grab your like-minded BFF’s and set a goal to work toward together!
- Be mindful. In all aspects of life, being in the moment and keeping your intentions in the forefront of your mind will push you in the right direction. Create a vision board or something that will serve as a constant yet gentle reminder of your goals.
- Last but not least, let go of perfection. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Say goodbye to things that did not serve you well in ’16. Remember, it’s all about balance. And be sure to reward yourself along the way as you make progress on your journey to a better you! Set a can-do attitude and have your best year yet! Can’t wait to hear all about your success!
This information is for general purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Health Coaching is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a qualified, licensed professional.