Setting A New Standard For New Years Resolutions

It’s almost time for a new year and that can mean a new you.

The best way I’ve found to get results is not by making resolutions, but by creating solid habits that will stick for a more long-term goal. If you want to get better at your business, start the habit of self-education and structure. If you want to write a book, start writing. If you want to be more aware, start a habit of meditation or yoga.

That’s not as easy as it sounds, unfortunately. This is a short guide that build the foundation of good habit-building. Those habits will begin to change your life.

If you’d like help creating and forming these habits, reach out to me by leaving a comment

First off, pick a positive habit. One that helps start you out the path to your ultimate goal. Most of the time we focus on quitting bad habits. Instead of quitting junk food, shift your energy towards eating more veggies and grains. If you want to lose weight, start counting how many calories you’re in-taking in a day and focus on limiting them. Typical positive habits people tend to form are meditation, journaling, practicing gratitude, exercising, and eating more veggies. I went out to eat the other night with a friend and instead of having a burger or something I normally get, I ate a Cobb Salad.

Baby steps. We tend to make a huge list of new changes needed to be made and think we can achieve them all at once. Focusing on one habit at a time will prevent being overloaded with too many at once. The more you do at one time, the less likely you are to maintain them all. If you were to ask a habit-guru, they would confirm this!

Any step in the right direction can be seen as a success. We all move at different paces. Most of us underestimate the importance of this mind-set, and I can assure you, being mindful of any progress and seeing it as success, is just as important as actually sticking to the habit.

When I started meditating I set an hour-long goal. This was absurd, ha! A first time meditator will rarely have the discipline to complete an hour. I set it to TWO-MINUTES. I went from a goal of one hour to two-minutes. Now I’m up to 20 minutes a day. I also wanted to get back in shape so instead of jumping back into a strong yoga class or lifting weights, I just implemented a four mile walk with my dog. I understand the importance of starting small. I can go big or go home later!

When I was hell-bent on eating healthier, I started with adding a salad before every meal. After a month or so, my meal preps went from ⅓ veggies up to ½.

Another major downfall i experienced was not setting reminders. For the longest time my calendar was filled with all business-related stuff. My meals and exercise hours are now blocked out and I made them as important as meeting with a client, or going to a doctors appointment.
Another major practice to incorporate is creating a way to hold myself accountable. If I were to miss a meal or skip a workout day I’d let myself slide. But now that I have some friends that ask me if I finished my health goals for the week, they remind me that there’s no excuses and help me to hold myself accountable. I always tend to perform better when I know someone is helping me raise the bar.

If you need help with accountability, reach out to me directly. I’d be glad to help.

I’ve found the reward comes from completing my goals each and every day and not reaching the end result. New habits won’t stick if we hate doing them. Making a mental shift that allows ourselves to enjoy the process will bring lasting results. After that initial two weeks of resistance, I tend to feel more alive moving my body and getting that ‘sweat-on’. Every time I finish for the day I remind myself to be grateful for the small step towards the end-goal.

Consistency is key! The more consistent we tend to be, the better. There will always be resistance which typically come in the form of excuses, but pushing through it will bring a sense of daily accomplishment. Old mental patterns can be a b**** to break but it gets easier with time.

Lastely, writing down the results weekly so I can see the progress is a great way to get a visual picture of our success. At the end of the week I feel a great sense of pride and my accountability partner will also celebrate in my success.

Again, if you’d like some support in forming these habits, I invite you to reach out for help.

Corey

December 11th, 2019 by