New Year’s Goals Reset
How are your New Year’s resolutions, goals or intentions holding up? Did you start full throttle and then puttered out somewhere mid-January?
It’s okay to be honest and say that it is hard. If you are slipping a bit, don’t feel bad and don’t beat yourself up. The past two years have taught us that we need more than just will power and positive intentions to make big changes in our lives.
Take a moment and go back to your goals and intentions. What is the main reason you would like to make some changes in your life? Is it for your kids or grand kids? Do you want more energy or be able to do things you use to enjoy? Do you want more freedom or finally figure out how to deal with a toxic relationship? Write down your “Why” and post it where you will see it often. You could have several post-it notes with your “Why” all around your home.
Next, sit down and write out why you find yourself slipping. Did you forget to bring in some good snacks to eat instead of grabbing for a cigarette or junk food? Did you forget to go for a walk around the block when you felt stressed or frustrated? What stress management coping strategies did you set up for yourself?
If you didn’t prepare yourself for change, it will make it more difficult to stick with the change and you could see yourself caving into past temptations. Take a moment and write down some ways you can add your goals and intentions into your daily life in 15 minutes or less. When you an create a habit, it will be easier to follow through. For example, what you could do for three minutes to take your mind off craving that nicotine? What could you do, on your lunch break, to boost your energy in the afternoon? What changes could you make to your nighttime routine to make sure you are in bed for seven hours? How could you shift your weekly plan so that you have amazing meals for yourself?
Remember you have a choice to make and what you choose will determine whether you flourish this year or be held hostage by your poor choices. What choices can you make this year to give yourself healthier lungs, more energy, a positive demeanor, more creativity and productivity as well as a happier disposition?
When you declare your goals and intentions, you are taking a stand for yourself and your health. Instead of thinking, “When will this goal be over?” Ask yourself “How can I positively show up every day to make my choice amazing?” How can you lead by example and let your kids and grand kids know you love your life and are willing to make big changes to be healthier and happier? How can 2022 be the year that you finally make strides in your goals and start leading a healthier life?
Keep focus on what you are creating for yourself this year and take pride in your small and large steps toward your progress. Create small and attainable goals that you can feel good about accomplishing and then set new, small and attainable goals to get to the next level.
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