As 2013 approaches, not only does it bring a thoughtful look on the year that has passed, but an insight on how we want to improve the upcoming year. It also brings New Hope, Enthusiasm and Inspiration. We take with us, not only good times, but the lessons learnt from the bad times too and look to the future with promises of good health, good fortune and good times!
“If you can Dream it, you can Do it” – Walt Disney
Anticipate the Limits of your Willpower!
The biggest reason that people don’t often see their resolutions through is a lack of willpower, determination, and motivation. Instead of looking for more drive and enthusiasm, the majority of us find it easier to give up, this is NOT the answer. You need to feel confident that you CAN succeed and WILL reach your goal.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence” – Helen Keller
There are ways of making your New Year’s Resolutions easier to keep.
1. Set a Single Goal – Don’t be hazy about your resolution, but specific and realistic. E.g. I want to lose a pound a week, not I want to lose weight.
2. Pre-commit and Plan – Commit to exercise classes, or spending time with loved ones. Something you cannot put off in order to reach your goal.
3. Outsource – It’s important to share your Progress, whether this be with friends and family, or a group. But it is just as important to have penalties for those days when you just want a chocolate bar or a cigarette.
4. Keep Track – Whether you want to lose weight or give up smoking. Whatever it maybe, track your progress which can give you a push in the right direction when you need it the most.
5. Don’t overreact to a lapse – we all have those days when you just want to give up. But don’t beat yourself up. The biggest fail for New Year’s resolutions is when people give up after a lapse. Change takes time.
6. Tomorrow is another Day – try and alter your mentality. Do not tell yourself you will NOT drink, or NOT eat dessert, but tell yourself that you won’t today, but will tomorrow.
7. Reward yourself – treating yourself for doing well works wonders. It not only gives you something to look forward to, but it also feels great when you receive it. Makes it worth it that much more.
This strategy is taken from Ray F Baumeister ‘Willpower: Rediscovering the greatest human strength.’
“Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it’s twice as onerous a duty” – John Seldon
When looking for Inspiration, there are many quotes, books and even music that can give us the encouragement we need. But if you need a little more, take a look at Motivational speakers such as Nick Vujicic, who is famous for inspiring people, exciting them to live life to the full and bringing out the best in people.
The most popular New Year’s Resolutions are:
1. Get Healthy / Lose Weight
Wanting to become healthier or lose weight is something which takes time, patience and a lot of self-discipline. With lots of little goals to reach your main one, you need to be focused and determined.
Here are a few hints and tips.
– Make Changes Gradually…
One by one, start replacing the bad for good. For example, the milk for semi-skimmed, or the crisps for some carrot sticks, and soft drinks for water! (Hint: The PiMag Water Fall is great for this) It will take longer, but is more likely to stick.
-Reduce your Calorie intake. Small changes can help reduce this, either by changing the types of food you buy, the way its cooked, or simply the amount you eat and when.
– Write down your plan, and what you eat and drink. This will make it clear as to what needs to be changed.
– Be Patient. Changes don’t happen overnight. If you have a moment of weakness, don’t beat yourself up about it, just try again.
“Always bear in mind that you own Resolution to succeed is more important than any other” – Abraham Lincoln
2. Exercise More
– Increase your activity levels. Even if this just means walking for 20 minutes a day, or joining the local yoga class. Exercising releases your ‘feel good’ endorphins, naturally reducing stress and making you feel amazing. In hindsight, the more your exercise, the happier you will be – there’s no harm in trying!
– You don’t need to join a gym or exercise vigorously, there are small things you can do to get you started, and gradually increase. Try getting off the bus one stop early, or using the stairs instead of the lift. Keep your alarm clock, remote etc out of arm’s reach so you have to get up, and you will soon find yourself a lot more active, and wanting to do more.
– Keep Hydrated, especially when exercising. (Hint: The PiMag Sports Bottle comes in handy when on the move)
– Make sure you are comfortable with your exercise routine, but don’t push yourself too far. (Hint: products such as the Cardiostrides, and Kenkotherm Wraps can make you feel much more comfortable, during and after exercise workouts.)
3. Enjoy Life to the Fullest / Spend more time with Family and Friends.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” – Albert Einstein
Actively trying to reach your goals will make you automatically feel good. Exercising and a healthy diet will give you the motivation and energy you need to get up, and get out there. Whether it be trying something new or just visiting old friends and making time for family. You’ll feel more confident, and find yourself looking for new experiences, and generally feeling more energetic and ready for what life throws your way.
What are your New Year Resolutions? May this Year be Your BEST Year Yet!
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right” – Oprah Winfrey