As we move towards the beginning of a New Year, it’s the perfect time to think about goals and intention in our life. To that end, so many of us make New Year’s Resolutions (Intension) – such as vowing to lose weight, exercise more, eat more healthy food and spend more time with family and loved ones. We have great ideas and great intentions as the new year begins, but before long we lose traction and relapse back into old habits. Why is it so difficult to stick to our New Year’s Intention until it becomes reality?
Here are 6 tips to help your turn your New Year’s Intention into reality:
- Formulate an action plan that has a number of smaller steps to reach your end goals, kind of like the rungs of a ladder. Large goals that are not broken down into realistic smaller goals or steps can seem very restrictive and even hard to achieve. For example: if your goal is weight loss – have a realistic goal of losing 1 pound per week until you reach your 20 pound weight loss.
- Write your New Year’s Intention(s) on paper, and keep them visible as you go about your day, in places such as on your bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car. Seeing your written intentions several times during the day keeps them in the front of your mind.
- If you find yourself in a rut – try to identify what is keeping you there. Could it be a high stress relationship causing such behaviors as binge eating? Are you feeling too exhausted from job related stress to do your exercise workout after work? Identifying the root of the problem and dealing with it now will make it easier to correct certain behaviors and accomplish your goals.
- Have a clear idea what your life will look like once you accomplish your goals – identify the benefits, visualize the outcome, imagine how great it will feel to achieve those goals. If your goal is to get more regular exercise – what will the benefits be and how will you feel? By connecting with the results and the benefits of your goals you will be more motivated to stick with your plan of action.
- Have an accountability buddy or buddies. Share your goals and intentions with family members or friends, and ask them to help you stay on track, or help each other stay on track and accountable as you work toward your goals.
- Reward yourself with small but appropriate treats, such as a massage or spa day, when you make accomplishments towards your goal. Small accomplishments are important and can add up to big success!
Small positive changes in your life will feel less restrictive than huge sudden changes, and are more likely to be permanent. Be gentle with yourself, appreciate yourself, and allow yourself time to adjust to smaller changes on the way to reaching your larger goals. Before long, your New Year’s Intention will become reality!
Written by Cathy Ormon based on writings from Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
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