1 in 3 of us will set the same goals for our New Years Resolutions year after year after year. Health goals are consistently in the top 3 with losing weight usually being the first.
We read the list to the left and laugh…mostly because it reminds us of ourselves. Why is it that over 1/2 of us will not stick to our goals until even 1/2 the year is over?
Here are the steps to making a goal livable, enjoyable and achievable.
1. Believe that you CAN make changes to your health and be successful. This sounds silly, but without an unwavering belief that you CAN do it, you will fail. Believe that you are worth it. Believe that you have the self-discipline to treat your body with the love and respect it deserves.
If this is your area of struggle, I encourage you to start by renewing your mind…by filling it with positive, encouraging and empowering thoughts about yourself and your abilities. Even if you’ve failed hundreds of times, every day is a new day and a new beginning. Time was created exactly for that reason; so that you can decide at any point in time that from this point forward, things are going to be different for you. Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every week, every month, and every year is God’s way of giving you multitudes of chances to start over.
2. Be thankful for your past failures and for your future successes. Every failure has brought you closer to your success because every failure brings you closer to being sick and tired of being sick and tired. And being thankful in advance for your future success will help to deepen your belief in your ability to do what you’ve set out to do.
How do you show gratitude for your journey so far? By not beating yourself up for failing in the past and by being thankful for where you are right now at this point in your life where you’ve now decided to move forward in courage and in belief. Say it out loud…several times a day if you need to. Don’t apologize for your failures. Don’t make excuses. Don’t talk about them with anyone anymore.
3. Be happy TODAY. Don’t wait until you’ve accomplished your goals. Choose to be happy today and every day as you are working toward your goals. Your chances of success are significantly higher if you are happy. Your body releases the “happy hormone” when your mood is happy. This hormone helps you sleep, keeps you healthy and helps you keep your mind focused and keeps discouragement and depression far away.
Part of the joy is the journey itself. Definitely the learning is in the journey and not the destination. The personal growth you will experience by persevering is the real gift and something no one can ever take away from you. As one of my mentors so wisely said, “There is no maturity in a miracle”. The maturity only takes place in the journey.
Believe….Be Thankful…Be Happy!