New Year, New You – 3 Rules for Sticking to Your Resolutions

New Year, New You – 3 Rules for Sticking to Your Resolutions

  OK, raise your hand if you made resolutions, set goals or created a vision board for 2022. Now raise your hand if you have already “messed up”. Don’t feel bad. Our society puts so much emphasis on starting over or starting something new on January 1 that it’s hard not to get sucked into the hype. It may not have even been your intent to start a new fad diet, jump into a new exercise routine, buy a new car or set an outrageous sales goal. What if you looked at it in a different way? What if, by not following the crowd, you are actually standing out? Here’s what I mean: How about on a random Tuesday, after you ate your third cookie and felt like crap, you decided. You decided you didn’t want to feel like crap anymore. You decided that the pain of the feeling that way was stronger than your desire to eat another cookie. Guess what? You would have a much better chance of losing the weight or sticking to the exercise regimen. Or how you’re having a conversation with your best friend and they tell you their father is ill and they wish they could take one last family trip with him and pay for everything themselves. I bet that would give them the motivation to hit sales numbers they never would have dreamt were possible. Why is this? The answer is in the question. Why. But it goes deeper than that. Yes, you need to have a reason for doing it that you resonate with – not just because it’s a new year and you can wipe the proverbial slate clean. But the reason is often times not enough either. You have to “feel” the result. How are you going to feel when you’re eating healthier foods, lost the 15 pounds, and are stronger and more flexible than you are now? You will probably feel more attractive, more confident, lighter, and have more energy. You may even be able to participate in activities you have long since thought were in your past. How would that make you feel? And how would your friend feel having been able to take their family on, literally, a trip of a lifetime with their father before he passed? The memories that would be made, the quality time that would be spent. The food would taste better, the laughs would be larger, the conversations deeper. Those would be things they would carry with them forever. Lastly, messing up doesn’t mean giving up. You will mess up. You will be at a birthday party and really want a piece of German chocolate cake with coconut frosting. Or,...

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