New year-new you?
I like New Year resolutions–whether it’s with fitness goals, family goals, or career goals, I find them a great time to reflect about the year gone by, as well as accomplishments I hope to achieve in the next year.
Unfortunately, most people either don’t make resolutions due to past failures, or fail very early on at the ones they hope to achieve.
A couple resolutions I would suggest are as follows:
1. Get more focused–this step alone can have dramatic effects on your weight loss goals (and other life goals). I don’t know how many people I’ve met that seem to never have time for the important things in life (going for a walk, spending time with family, hitting the gym, doing a quick workout in their living room), yet, they’ll spend hours in front of the computer wasting time on the internet. Seriously, how is the surprise picture of Kim Kardashian caught on the shores of Malibu going to help you lose an ounce of weight?! How do I know this? I’ve perfected the art of wasting time on the internet. The time wasted can NEVER be replaced. Furthermore, I severely doubt when we’re on our deathbeds, that we’ll remember the times we wasted as well as the time we spent doing something meaningful. One completely free tool I’ve found that has substantially helped has been a program called MindMiester. It’s a “mindmapping” tool that allows the user to easily map out goals they have. If you haven’t yet looked into it, I’d strongly suggest it: www.MindMeister.com.
2. Spend more time with people you want to be like–There’s an old saying, “if you hang out in a barbershop long enough, you’re gonna wind up with a haircut”. The same goes for people. Wonder why you’re overweight? Look at the people you spend the most time with. Try thinking the unfathomable–spend time around people in shape, who won’t put up with B.S. reasons about why to not be in shape. Think this is easy? Heck no–it’s a major step outside of comfort zones. And there’s a million reasons not to–they’re more interesting than me, I don’t have money to hang out with them, my spouse might get jealous, what if they don’t like me, etc…. They’re all excuses, and only keep you from hitting your goals. The impact on your life for overcoming them can be miraculous. Start biking in a bike club. Go running with a running club. Take up a weekly fitness class at your local gym. Too much to start with? Try a weekly yoga class. Whichever activity you do, be sincere, find people you aspire to be like, and get to know them–they’ll help you think far outside the box of your own comfort zone. They’ll help lift you to a new way of seeing your life.
Whatever you decide, please do yourself a favor and do it now. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Go today to the grocery store, and buy some healthy foods. Need ideas how to start? Click here. Go for a walk. Map out your ideas. Create your weekly workout calendar. Just don’t wait.
At the end of the day, no one is responsible for your state except for you. This next year can be ‘just another year’, or it can be the year everything seemed to go your way :)