Anyone else out there think New Years’ Resolutions are a bunch of poo? I do. Have for some time now but never came out and said it like this before. I remember back in college when I actually went to the gym (I workout at home now) and every year in January you’d literally have to put your name on a list and stand in line just to use an elliptical. Seriously, so effing annoying when you knew a month later the majority of those people will have given up on their resolutions to get in shape and be back in their dorms eating Doritos.
Why don’t New Year’s Resolutions work? Personally, I think it’s because of the mindset around them. Like they’re something you need to accomplish as fast as you can so that you can go back to whatever behavior you had in place before you worked on accomplishing your resolution. Once you accomplish them, you check it off the list and go back to the same A-hole things you did before. So instead of approaching a resolution with a “New Year, New Me” kind of mindset, why not think about the fact that you have 365 individual opportunities to just make yourself better over the course of the year? One day at a time, one step at a time, one bite at a time. Are you gonna get off track at some point? Probably. But the cool thing is that you get the chance to start over and do better, BE better, every single day.
A lot of people like to kick off the New Year with a goal to lose weight. GREAT! How are you gonna do that? Most think they have to go ‘all in’, balls to the wall, in order to achieve that… how effective is that in the long run? You end up hating the food you eat, usually borderline starving yourself. You overwork yourself in the gym and tire out your body to the point of exhaustion. And you end up giving up because you come to a point where you’re tired and overwhelmed with the amount of work it’s taking for you to reach your goal. What if you just made one simple improvement week over week over the course of the year to get you to where you want to be? It could be starting your first week out trying to each whole foods, or simply trying to consume 8 glasses of water in a day for a whole week straight. Then, the following week, try waking up earlier so you can start your day with a workout. These changes don’t have to be monumental by any means, but small, consistent changes over a long period of time will add up to big changes in the end and it’s a much more effective means to getting you to reach your goals. And this doesn’t have to just be focusing on losing weight or getting in shape, you can apply the same principles to financial, relationship, and career goals too!
I am personally committed to ending 2019 in a much better place than where I started it. It doesn’t mean that I’m starting off in a poor place, I just want to be better at the end of this year than what I am right now in this moment. I want to be stronger, healthier, happier. I want to build my nutrition therapy practice and serve more people to empowered and improved health. I want to educate and empower people to improve their decisions around better skincare and how that all impacts their health and their families health. And I want to be a better spouse to my cute little husband because he deserves that. And how am I going to do that? Well, for starters, I’m telling all of you reading this right now… nothing like publicly stating your goals for some accountability. I’ve written all of these down, with greater detail, and I’ve put them in a place where I can see and visualize my goals every single day. I’m going to check in with myself every single month to see how I’m tracking toward my goals, and I’m going to be 100% honest with myself and all of you.
2019 is gonna be a great year- what are your goals and what are you going to do to make them happen?