2017 has arrived! I am sure everyone is excited to start fresh. I certainly am super excited, and I am ready for whatever the universe brings me. I am also ready to work to get what I want in my life.
Do you have New Year’s resolution? Do you set goals? Or do you not want to make any resolutions because you never accomplished your New Year’s resolutions last year (or the year before…)? Here is a simple way to get whatever you want, one at a time.
- Decide what you want to accomplish. What do you really want? Do you want to lose last 10 lbs? Or do you want to find a love of your life? Do you want to own your business? Decide what do you want for real. And give it a due date and write it down on a piece of paper. For example, I am going to lose 20 lbs by July/1/2017. The reason you need to set a due date, average humans take time however it is giving. If your boss tells you to write a report by this Friday, you will pace yourself to finish by this Friday. But if you are told to do the same thing in 2 days, you’ll do whatever it takes to get it done in 2 days.
- What is your “WHY”?
Why is it so important to accomplish this goal? You want to lose weight because you are sick and tired of feeling bad everyday. Or you are ready to find a partner who is fit and healthy, so you want to be fit and healthy, too. If your “WHY” is not strong enough, you won’t be able to achieve your goal. You can’t just wing it, or you can’t just see what happens. Your willpower is not strong enough to go through tough time here and there.
- What is ONE thing you need to start changing?
Pick one at a time. Don’t do, “I’m going to start going to the gym five days a week” and “I am not going to eat ANY carbs” and “I am going to do a five-day juice cleanse.” Do you expect your 2nd graders to understand statistics and algebra? Of course not. Same with you. Just pick one thing that challenges you. Maybe, “I am going to the gym 2 days a week, on Monday and Thursday mornings, no matter what,” or, ” I am going to prepare a healthy dinner 3 days a week and eat leftovers for lunch 3 days a week.”
- Prepare to work hard and keep pushing until it becomes a habit.
Any kind of change requires effort – changing to a new phone, a new computer, a new car, etc. Just know it won’t be easy. If it was that easy, everyone would be fit, rich and happy, right? There is no magic pill and “hack” works magic on you. A habit forms in as little as a few days. The harder the task is, the longer it takes – anywhere from 21 – 66 days or longer.
- Add one thing at a time.
You WANT it all – to work out more, to make new friends at the gym, to cook more meals rather than pick up greasy Chinese food on the way home from work – so it is time to up your game! Seriously, many things in life simply take time. To build muscles takes time, to lose fat takes time, to be successful and make more money takes time. Stick with all the good things. And you will get them all!
In my next blog, I am going to talk about what to do when you “fall of the wagon” and want to give up.