The New Year is full of change—lose weight and exercise, get organized—and full of wagon-falling... or so the story goes. Let's challenge our "all-or-nothing" thoughts, and bring awareness to the positive changes that have risen from our good intentions.
Action: Ask yourself, "How do you want to feel?" and make a list of words that resonate with you. Then, write down one simple thing you can do daily to feel that way (i.e. wearing perfume helps me feel confident).
2. Expect Challenges. Learning to clean our braces with a water pick was hard during puberty, but those awkward moments lasted a relatively short period of time. All worthwhile transitions can be painful at first, but the journey is more rewarding and kinder than you think.
Action: Celebrate when you feel resistance, because you are making positive changes! When negativity hits, breathe and wish yourself compassion.
3. Small Corrections. You missed a workout. It's cool. Our life isn't a typewriter. We don't have to throw it all away just because we made a mistake. We are on a journey full of course corrections and celebrations.
Action: What do you need to make this change successful? Is it asking a friend to be your walking buddy, or keeping a gratitude journal to help you focus on the blessings in your life? Whatever you choose, practice it.
4. Start Small. You've decided to reduce stress and meditation is your course of action—hooray! Rather than going from zero to seven days per week of 30-minute meditations, start slowly, and build your confidence that this new positive change is easy peasy.
Action: Choose a number that sounds too easy, such as meditating one day per week for five minutes. Practice it.
5. Think Outside the Box. Anyone who wishes to better themselves is a stellar human being in my book. So, as stellar human beings go, make the transition as enjoyable as possible.
Action: Make a list of the most enjoyable things you can do to support change. If you want to move more, but dislike running, then for the love of guacamole dance—don't run—to your mp3 player and rock out!