Happy New Year!
So how is 2013 treating you so far? Yes, I know....it's only been one week into this new year, but like many, don't you just want to see instant results? Especially when it comes to losing weight (which according to national polls, is the number one new year's resolution). It's like that with blowing out birthday candles and making a wish too. I know as a kid I would think that some magical wizard (aka God) would make my wish come true (if I was good enough, of course). And not to depress you, but here's a crazy stat; according to researcher, Richard Wiseman, 88% of new year's resolutions fail. Why? Well, just speaking from experience of having been one of the 88% in the past, there is a lot of pressure involved and without putting a plan into action that will help achieve the resolution/goal and keep it real on a daily basis, it's a no win situation. See just because the clock strikes midnight, and we feel a sort of significance in being different from the previous 60 seconds, much of our life still remains the same. So, if you must set a resolution for the sake of Auld Lang Syne, consider this:
1. Baby steps. Have your goal in mind, like the end of a marathon, but on a daily basis place one foot in front of the other and break down the goal into small chunks that when achieved add up to the whole magilla.
2. Awareness. If you are trying to break a habit or form a new one, it takes daily awareness and physical cues to help you along the way. Leave yourself reminder notes in key places; bathroom mirror, inside your purse, on the refrigerator door -- make little changes (that increase and build over time) a part of your current daily routine, rather than doing everything differently all at once.
3. Make Everyday New Year's Day. Don't be so hard on yourself if you trip up. See it for what it is and simply start over again. Reframe the "failure" and just call a a do-over!
4. Partner up. Don't go it alone. Having an accountability partner, coach or friend to get you through the rough patches can make a huge difference in achieving your goals.
5. Par-tay! Don't forget to celebrate along the way. Even the little things like noticing that you could have done something differently for next time.
For me, the word, resolution, feels heavy and constricting (don't try to stifle this Aquarian soul). So, I chose a New Year's Commitment instead. The word commitment feels empowering, open and free to me. My commitment is to nurture my inner diva mommy (pump up the self-care) and let her shine without reservation. I also picked a New Year's Theme (or Intention). One that reflects the overall essence of how I want to live my life. I chose Gentle Courage. To feel the fear, see through its illusion and step into courage.
Remember, you can treat every day like it's New Years and start again and again.......string them all together and you're making progress!
So how about you? What is your New Year's Commitment?
Paula G. Rosario
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