Saturday, January 26, 2013
Connecting MIND, BODY, SPIRIT & SOUL: New Years Resolutions!!!!: Well another new year has started, the first month of it is almost done what will 2013 bring for you? Are you like many other people and ha...
Well another new year has started, the first month of it is almost done what will 2013 bring for you? Are you like many other people and have made New Year resolutions, well you only have eleven more months to get it done! What is a New Years resolution and how is it defined, quoted from Wikipedia.
“ A New Year's resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year's resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New Year's resolution generally plan to do so for the whole following year. This lifestyle change is generally interpreted as advantageous.”
Okay so what are the most common resolutions made every year, let us compile a list of just 10, first being well we all know this one.
1) Lose Weight
2) Eat healthy and exercise regularly
3) Quit smoking.
4) Better work/life balance
5) Pay off debt
6) Save money
7) Get organized/complete to do list
8) Spend more time with family/friends
9) Take a vacation
10) Increase income
So with that said which ones were on your list from last year and now that we are into another year how many did you accomplish? The ones you did not accomplish are they on this year’s list? Most New Year resolutions last about a month, don’t feel bad most people do this year after year, honestly, as I type this with a bit of laughter, I think, it has become another habit we have created.
Okay so how do we change it, well first, let’s stop saying things, just saying something does not make it happen, an example would be I want to lose 30 pounds this year, okay so that sounds simple enough, but what does that really mean do you have a plan? Well yes I am going to eat healthy and exercise regularly, awesome that’s a great plan, but in saying all that does it have substance or traction to move you forward?
Alright so what is the first thing to do, well get the thoughts out of your head, get a pen and paper its time to give it substance, traction and definition. I know we have all heard this before write down your goals, but really, there are definitely great reasons to do this. When you put the pen to paper and begin to write things that are specific, measurable and vivid your brains reticular activating system begins looking for opportunities that will help you reach your goal. These are neuro-pathways which filter millions of facts, images and information it then sends it to your conscious mind to help you attain your goal. So the idea of “I want to lose 30 pounds” sounds good but it requires a little more to it to give it some substance and traction. You may want to be more specific with a time frame like I want to lose 30 pounds within the next 90 days from today, so include an end date this tells your mind when it should be done by. From this point you can also begin to break down those 90 days by adding activities that will assist you from week to week, things like how many times you will commit to your exercise routine and scheduling specific times and days. Pre planning all your meals ahead of time knowing what you are doing week to week. This gives you substance and traction to reach the goal. Your mind then begins to work in the back ground so to speak to make sure this happens.
I know for some people they will say who has time for this. We all have busy lives and responsibilities. I know for sure when it comes to all women we put ourselves last on our own list just for our family, friends and work obligations. Okay here it comes yes I am going to say this “that’s wrong!” Historically and ancestrally we have learned to do this from generation to generation so maybe it is time to change that. A great way to do that would be to include your spouse and children in the activity so they may learn to set their own goals with time frames and action steps. Done together this can teach everyone in the family about setting goals, making an action plan and giving it a time frame. In around about way through doing the activity you will be also showing them how to put themselves on the top of their own list. So when they have a thought, idea or a dream which they turn into a goal they will have the necessary tools they have learned that will help them achieve it.
I encourage you to take the time to put yourself on the top of your list, look at your goals for 2013 and apply some actions steps so by the end of this year you will have completed what you set out to accomplish.
If you are looking to lose weight,become leaner and want more energy please contact Sonia for a free consultation!! That would be an action step, go ahead and take the first step!!!
Thanks Sonia Chernochan PFT,
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