New Year’s Resolutions often fade into the background by the end of January. It seems diets are the same way. Lots of excitement week one, and then back to old habits soon thereafter. I think it’s because they come from “I should” statements instead of “I want to’s”.
Lifestyle changes are different. They are born out of our values-what’s important to us at the core. So I have started asking my clients to make a list called the ‘what’s to my advantage list’. Simply put, it’s about stating your intentions, or the vision you have of the life you want to be living. Intentions are about this very moment…not a goal for the future.
Here’s one list that I hope will inspire you to write your own:
In 2012 it’s to my advantage to…
- Be healthy in body, mind and soul
- Eat for enjoyment and fuel; however, not for entertainment, denial, distraction, sadness or because it’s still there
- Stand and sit straight & tall
- Have a strong core: physically, mentally and spiritually
- Choose activity over passivity
- Develop and choose soothing, healthy ways to relax
- Get sufficient, restful sleep
- Have a tidy house; therefore, a workable routine for chores
- Acknowledge my feelings
- Be kind in general and especially to myself
- Be wise
- Be helpful
- Be mindful
- Honor my family
- Cultivate and cherish friends
- Be faithful yet flexible
- Be a good listener
- Be patient without acquiescence
- Speak my mind when it improves the silence; hold my tongue if it doesn’t
- Have a cat
In January, we’ll address more actions to take to keep your intentions alive.
Wake up each day and treat it like New Years!
Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and visionary New Year!