It seems simple; as the clock strikes 12, the intention is set and you’ve committed to making this the best year yet. Now we’re well into the new year and here you are wondering how you are supposed to start.
Sound familiar? “New year, new you” that’s the motto right? To get you back on track, here are some ways you can make your intentions a reality this year:
1.Set your intentions and keep them in a visible place.
Write down exactly what it is that you are focusing on for the new year. Post it somewhere you can see like near a mirror or computer at work.
2. Clarify the root of what’s holding you back from achieving this goal.
Be honest with yourself and ask your self are the people you are around contributing to this behavior. For example: is the stress of your relationship causing you to binge on crappy food? Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work? If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal. If being objective in assessing the root of the problem is to challenging ask a fairly subjective friend to help you pinpoint it.
3. Be clear about what your life would look like once you achieve your goal.
If you plan to go to workout more, how will you and others benefit from this? What would be so different about your life if you committed to changing your nutritional intake? Write this down so you can be specific with goals and revisit them. Write your “expected” results of your actions, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.
4. Find a “Butt-kicker” to hold you accountable.
Whether it’s family, friends or a partner, hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you two or three times a week to check on you or invite them to join you.
5. Reward yourself lavishly when you’re on track.
Find ways of healthily rewarding yourself for staying on track and tracking the improvements that you are making in your life. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, treat yourself with body work like a massage.
Above all, remember that huge changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. Allow yourself to climb the ladder one rung at a time.