Do you have a health-related New Year's resolution? How you frame your resolution can make the difference between failure to stick with them and long-term success that ripples into positive changes in your life. Here are a few tips for reframing your resolutions for success!
Tip #1: Pick up a slimming habit. Instead of resolving to lose weight this year, choose a specific "slimming" habit to adopt instead. For example, you could resolve to eat all of your meals/snacks before 8 p.m., squeeze a walk in every day, try interval training, enroll in a yoga class, or make the switch to eating organic foods.
Tip #2: Never say never. It is a part of human nature that, when we're told we can't have something, we want it even more. Instead of dropping a less than healthy habit, a smarter approach would be to upgrade it. For example, if you love chocolate ice cream, find a healthier alternative to it (such as organic Coconut Bliss chocolate ice cream), rather than resolving to never eat it again!
Tip #3: Get specific. A resolution to "eat better," is too vague. A resolution to try one new, healthy recipe per week will garner better long term success in changing your eating habits.
Tip #4: Take Baby Steps. Did you know that breaking larger tasks into smaller ones can help you succeed? According to Steven Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, the habit of chunking- or breaking larger tasks into smaller ones- is a habit of highly successful people! By focusing on achieving one small step at a time, one can achieve a larger goal much more easily. If you'd like to shrink from a size 12 to a size 4, resolve instead to slim down to a size 10 first. The feeling of success you'll have from reaching your initial goal will give you the fuel to continue moving towards achieving your larger one.
Tip #5: Cultivate self-love first. At the core of anyone's ability to follow through with a health resolution is an inner feeling of self-love that inspires them to live as fully, long, and healthfully as possible.