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Hello January, Hello 2016

Hello January, Hello 2016

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it's that time again

The beginning of the year and resolutions are being written and declared. If you are new to this kind of talk a resolution is essentially a declaration to do something or not do something. So when one is making a new year resolution they are say that in this “new year” I will do this or I won’t do that. Resolutions don’t usually happen overnight and if it does it doesn’t last very long. 

As human beings we are habitual creatures and anyone who’s tried to quit something they’ve done for a long time knows old habits die hard. I wanted to share with you some things that you can do to help keep your resolutions and create new positive habits.

 do more than just say it, plan it

We can make all the declarations, goals, and lists we want, but what it comes down to is taking real action. One of the best ways to take action is to have a plan.  Try to figure out what works and what doesn’t work.  For example, one of my resolutions for 2016 are to stop drinking sugar filled sodas for a year. If you know me, you know that this is practically blasphemous in my world especially because of how social I am.  Not matter where you go sodas are right there and in your face with a variety of delectable flavors to choose from. So to set myself up for success I had to imagine what to do if I am offered a free soda at an event or such.  I also had to think about how I could counteract the “need” to have a soda.  I came up with a few of ideas. 

  • Always carry a refillable bottle filled with water. This way there is no way I can use the excuse of thirst to break my resolution.

  • Take up drinking carbonated water with a dash of lime.  This way I can get the bubbly without all of that extra sugar.

  • As not to buckle under the pressure in social settings or be tempted simply practice saying, “no” if offered a soda.  

By coming up with a plan you can start predicting problems and the steps to take to create solutions before you even have to face them.

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don’t tackle it alone

Most of the time when faced with tasks we try to take the on alone, and for the most part that is A-Okay.  But when facing some of your most difficult tasks it’s also a good idea to have someone around to hold you accountable for your actions or someone to talk to when you feel like you are losing the battle.

This year I am working to get healthier, instead of attacking it alone I am working alongside my cousin who has slightly different goals than I.  In this journey to betterment I know that I have someone who I can rely on to keep me motivated and vice versa.  It’s also nice to know that if we want to indulge in a cheat day we have someone to cheat with guilt free.

do encourage yourself and others

Just because others don’t take your resolutions/goals seriously doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.  You made a conscious decision to make changes for a reason. So make sure that you follow through and when those naysayers try to put you down or rub a misstep in your face tell them to eff off. 

With that said you have to remember what is easy for you may not be easy for the next person so try to share a bit of motivation with people that are struggling. Share milestones, laugh at the toughest moments, and simply keep the encouragement going.

don’t give up

There are moments when you want to simply quit and revert to old habits.  DON’T!  You can keep to your goals/resolutions. Think about all of the hard work that you’ve done up to this point there’s no need to give up now.  Give yourself a pep talk, remind yourself why you started this journey in the first place. 

The day after the New Year I was so close to not going to the gym.  I had good reason A: I was semi hung over B: It was just that Monday that we had services for mom who passed away a week prior.  C: I felt like I deserved a pass.  But when I did go to the gym I was able to forget everything that was going on around me and by the time I was finished I felt great. I felt like despite everything that was going on around me a had a minor winning moment.

do keep a diary

Keeping a detailed account of what you are going through and why you are going through it.  It’s a good way to check yourself and hold yourself accountable for your actions.

So a diary isn’t for everybody, but it’s a good idea to keep track of your progress in some way or another.  Another reason why it’s a good idea to have a record is to be able to look back on your journey and see how amusing your thoughts were when you were trying to keep it together.

A couple of years back when I was trying to get into the habit of working out I was using a journal to keep track of what I was eating, working out, thinking and feeling.  It was amusing by the end of the year to look back at how many pages were filled with me cussing out everybody and everything. I can still giggle about it to this day.

don’t call it failure

There are going to be bumps in the road and challenges that may hinder you from doing what you set out to do.  All too often people throw in the towel at the first misstep that takes place.  People tend to call it quits and a “fail” when things aren’t going how they want them to.  I’m telling you right here and now, ish happens.  If you make a mistake it’s okay, try to not make that same mistake again. It’s important to keep moving forward and looking to the future of successes. Better yet, stop with the labels and just keep trying.

2016 is the beginning for new adventures, experiences, and a chance to do your thing, your way.  Good luck and work hard!

What are your goals this year?  Let me know by leaving a comment. I look forward to reading and responding to what you have to say!

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