30 Dec Can’t teach an old year new tricks
Can’t teach an old year new tricks…a look at New Years Resolutions
I posted a question on Facebook last night asking how everyone felt about New Years Resolutions. Are they planning on making them and if so what are they? There were so many great and motivating responses. What struck me the most though was how many were “repeats” of past resolutions. The comments were that they were going to “once again try to…”
What I suggest here may be out of your comfort zone. It may not be something you “want” to do but let’s get real here… if the way you WANT to go about following through on your resolutions has not worked for you in the past, then why are you once again going to try to do the same method that did not work for you before?
Here is how to step out of your comfort zone and make these resolutions happen.
- Write down your “ SMART” goals. Not general goals, but…Specific Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed goals. These SMART goals are not “I will be thin” but rather very specific goals such as “I will workout for an hour 5 days a week at maximum intensity and I will stick to a diet of primarily vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and I will eat frequent small meals throughout the day.
- Do more then think about it, STARE at it every day. Make a vision board. Do you think this is corny? It may be but it 100% WORKS. A vision board is a reminder every day of the person you want to be and feel like. To make one, go through magazines, surf the internet, cut out or print pictures and verbiage that speaks to you! A scenic picture of where you want to live or vacation. A lean and fit physique, which resembles what you want to look like. Monetary symbols and numbers with the amount you would like to earn, etc. Don’t think! Just cut, print and paste the text and images that speak to you on a large poster board and look at it every single day. I have made 3 vision boards and it is amazing to look back on them. Just about everything I have ever put on my vision boards has come to fruition.
- Get the words “give up”, “don’t”, “quit”, “eliminate”, and others like them out of the beginning of your goals. Instead of saying “I will give up eating junk food” re-phrase it to say “ I will chose healthy foods first before eating junk food. ” Simply changing the phrases will help you get the deprivation thoughts out of your head.
- Commit to the changes. You do this by not only writing your goals out and creating a vision board, but by SHARING your intentions with friends, family, and even strangers! When you say to everyone that you plan on losing 10 lbs in 5 weeks and that you are doing X, Y, and Z to get there, you are much more likely to stay committed to the process and achieve your goals.
Successful people do what unsuccessful people don’t want to do. Think about this as you decide on your resolutions. Anything is possible…you might just need to get out of your comfort zone and make the changes you a have not made before and do the things that unsuccessful people don’t!