This is the time of the year when people are making all kinds of promises, resolutions, and - hopefully - changes to better themselves. And, while this is great, most are not able to commit long term to these promises, resolutions, and changes. So, the question becomes, how can we change that? How can be set ourselves up for success and make it more than just words, thoughts, and wishes? I have a few tips that may help you to succeed -
1) Write down what you want to change and why? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want to start exercising on a regular basis? Do you want to learn how to meditate? Do you want to carry around less stress? Whatever it is that you're looking to improve upon, write it down AND state why - hang it up somewhere you can see it every single day (maybe the front door of the fridge - we all need to eat after all).
2) Start small and work your way toward bigger things - say you want to lose weight and have decided you want to lose 20 pounds. Realistically, you're not going to be able to safely and, in a healthy/sustainable way, drop the 20 pounds right away. It is going to take baby steps so, instead, aim to lose 1 pound this week. Or, maybe you want to start exercising regularly. It would not be realistic to start working out every day of the week so start with 1-2 times per week and gradually add a day until you work you way up to 5-6 days per week. You can better set yourself up for success by starting small, making things more doable/manageable.
3) DO NOT GIVE UP - even when your body & mind are telling you to. Our body/mind will send us cues, telling us we need to stop or it is OK to give in...these are protective mechanisms, but we DO NOT need to listen to it. Obviously, when it comes to exercise, if you are feeling faint or dizzy in the moment, you should stop and re-evaluate the situation. BUT, if what you're feeling when you exercise is your muscles burning, that means they are working...and your brain may tell you, "stop!" That is when I'm talking about not giving up and not listening. Push past the discomfort, push past the doubt, push past the pain. There is something so great on the other side - a determined you, a new you, and a forever changed you.