Happy New Year!!!
Are you taking a break from all the holiday festivities? Thank-you SO much for taking the time to read this. I know you have been very busy the past few weeks and know you have many choices when it comes to what you do with your time. Thank-you for choosing me and reading my email.
It’s that time of year when many of us make resolutions. Resolutions are hard. It takes a lot of courage letting go of the safe and familiar in order to try something new. I encourage you to take that first step in the direction of something new and different because on the other side of comfort IS amazing possibilities, excitement and an immense amount of pride when you accomplish what you initially thought you couldn’t. That was me last year. I ventured off the too familiar path and took on new adventures and have been so much happier and healthier as a result. In fact, I have been feeling pretty amazing the past few weeks.
One of my goals for 2017 is to help YOU achieve YOUR maximum potential and feel amazing doing so. I don’t want you to just survive 2017; I want you to THRIVE!!!
So, to help you I’m running a FREE 7 Day Healthy Habits Challenge. This challenge is going to be FUN and INTERACTIVE while giving you QUICK and EASY tips to help you get back on track with your health and fitness goals.
I know you’re busy, so here’s the scoop.
- The challenge kicks off January 9th.
- You will receive one daily Healthy Habit to implement for each of the 7 days.
- You get access to a private Facebook group which is where all the action happens.
- I encourage you to invite your friends to join this FREE challenge – The more, the merrier, so spread the word! You can share this link so your friends know exactly how to get started.
- Click here to sign up.
In the meantime, I’m sharing five simple steps to implement to achieve any goal you set your mind to.
5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals
1. Set your intentions. Be specific, write them down, and share them with others. Post them in places where you will remind yourself on a daily basis what you are working towards. TIP: I put mine on my bathroom mirror and read them as I brush my teeth. Write out WHY you want to reach your goals. This is important. The more compelling the WHY the more likely you are going to keep going even when the going gets tough. What motivates you? Would posting them on the bathroom mirror work for you? Would making a vision board help? How about keeping a gratitude journal? What do you need to do to help keep you focused? How can I help? I want to help. Let me know what role I can play.
2. Know any goal worth achieving takes work. There is no magic pill or potion to lose weight… if there was, Oprah would have found it J WARNING: Dose of tough love ahead. Dreaming about crossing the finish line will not get you there unless you put in the work on a daily basis. Merely talking about how bad you feel, how tired you are, or how unhappy you are with your body and current state of health will not change anything. Taking small steps every day and creating new habits (cooking on the weekend with the intention to have enough for work lunches, drinking a glass of water before and after each meal, going for a 10 minute walk during your lunch break) will get you the health and energy you want.
You want results and get discouraged and quit when you don’t see them. I get it. I do. But if you are tired of starting over, you have to quit quitting and start doing. Change will take work and time.
Schedule it on your calendar. If it isn’t on your calendar, it usually doesn’t happen, right? Certainly not with the regularity needed to create a new habit.
Small, smart choices + Consistency + Time = Radical difference and GOALS BEING ACHIEVED
Be patient with yourself. Also, find some way to track, acknowledge, and reward your progress (BTW, Recollections and Create 365 at Michaels Crafts Store have great spiral planners with such goal trackers included in them).
3. Be grateful for what you do have and what you can do. On your journey to better health and well-being, make time every day to state at least one thing you are grateful for. TIP: At the end of the day, I like to say thank-you for 3 things that happened during the day in addition to saying thank-you at the time a good thing happen to me. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of always wanting more, and while wanting to better yourself can be a good thing, it is important to appreciate and love what you have. Find gratitude in the little things every day.
You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got. – Viki King
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey
4. Help others reach their goals. This may seem different than any other advice you have heard regarding your New Year resolutions, but there is so much power in this. First, implement steps 1 – 3 and repeat. After your intentions have been set, you are willing to do the work, and you express daily gratitude – it is time to step outside yourself and see who else you can help. We are all looking for something from life, and believe it or not, it is not the same thing. We may want similar things, but we each have unique goals and unique motivation behind our goals. If you make the time to help someone else reach their goals, it is almost guaranteed that somewhere along the way someone else will help you reach your goals. Part of paying it forward is making the world a better place; step outside yourself and your problems to help someone else in need. Don’t like the world and the direction it’s going? Don’t wait for someone else to change it. Be the change you want to see.
5. Believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you and want to see you succeed. In other words, you can’t soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys. Step away from the “naysayers” – the people who boohoo your dreams and sabotage your new healthy habits and weight loss efforts. If these people are really close to you (a spouse or parent for example) then have an honest talk with them. This may be where you need to go back to #4 – see where you can help them reach their goals. Become your own biggest fan. Write down the good in you, write down what makes you unique and special. Know that you DESERVE to reach your goals and feel your best. Believe you can do whatever you put your mind to. TIP: I have a list of ‘I am’ I read especially when I’m having a bad day. The list includes “I am healthy, I am strong, I am talented”, etc.
I could go on and on. That’s how passionate I am about health and lifestyle as medicine. I so want people to be the best, healthiest, most energetic versions of themselves living the lives they dream without pills, waiting in the doctor’s office or lying in a hospital bed. I wish you the best as you embark on your newest journey of a New Year.