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Have Your New Year's Resolutions Already Fallen by the Wayside?
We all start out with the best intentions in mind when the excitement of the New Year comes. After all, a new year should mean a new start right? We want things to be different in our lives so we set those resolutions so we can make them happen.
The problem is that life gets in the way. You want to lose weight but you can never seem to find the time to work out and eat healthy. You want to start that new side business you dream about, but it feels too overwhelming. You want to spend more quality time with the kids but your too exhausted each night to do anything meaningful with them.
So how do we change this pattern so that we can set New Year resolutions and actually achieve them? The key is simple. It’s so simple that you might think it couldn’t possibly work, but it will. Here it is:
Keep your focus on one goal only and do one small step each day to accomplish it.
Here’s what happens: We often have so many things we want to change that we overwhelm ourselves with too many resolutions. Then we get overwhelmed and aren’t able to do anything because it feels like too much.
You can reverse this by just choosing one resolution and taking a step each day, no matter how tiny, that has to do with that goal. If we look at the example above about wanting to lose weight, small steps could be read an article about nutrition, take the steps instead of the elevator, do 20 jumping jacks, take a 5 minute walk. Do any of those feel too hard? I doubt it. None of them will take very long so they are easy to get yourself to do.
If you, however, set a huge plan for yourself to work out an hour a day and eat only healthy foods, of course that will be too overwhelming to take on. By choosing small steps and keeping your focus on one goal, you will find that you will feel inspired to amp up those steps as time goes on. Soon, you will be working out for 20 minutes a day and it won’t feel like overwhelming because you allowed yourself to work up to it.
So before you hang up those resolutions, give them another chance! But this time take a different route: take baby steps each day and feel good that you took a step, no matter how small. There are 365 days in a year. If you practice this for one year, can you imagine what 365 steps toward your goal will mean. Even if they were the tiniest steps possible, you still would have made great progress.
Get out there and remake those resolutions!
Faith M. Davis is an internationally recognized author, freelance writer and marketing professional with a background in life coaching. She writes for holistic business owners and publications, focusing on the subjects and industries she knows and loves most: holistic health, wellness, self-help, metaphysics, inspirational topics and marketing.
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