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A New Year Means a More Improved YOU...

not a new you!

I'll be honest in saying that I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions. Just because the clock strikes midnight and we turn over a new year, doesn't mean we need to become a brand new person. I feel that we set ourselves up for major failure when we have a huge running list of unrealistic things we want to accomplish in the coming year. I'm not saying we shouldn't have goals and things we want to accomplish! What I am saying, is that we should set realistic goals to better ourselves.

We are all creatures of habit. We like to be comfortable. Changing too many things, too fast is really a bad idea. If you're a soda addict-don't go cold turkey to cut it out completely! Have small goals each week that will eventually lead you to not having those sugary sodas all the time. If you've never run a day in your life and decide you want to become a runner, why would you make a rigorous training plan to run every day? You have to build up to that because it takes time. We live in a society where we want results NOW. We want everything to be easy. We don't want to put in the work and we certainly don't want to spend the time putting in the work. This is where we disappoint ourselves and we don't follow through. Unfortunately though, there is no easy street. The only way to achieve your goals and maintain healthy habits is to stay the course, even when the going gets tough.

This is where discipline and dedication comes in. When writing out your goals, there are some things you need to think about: 1. Am I willing to give it my all? Do I have the time? 2. Am I willing to stay the course and not take shortcuts? 3. What is my WHY? Do I have healthy reasons for setting these goals? Am I setting these goals for the right reasons? 4. Are these goals realistic with my lifestyle? How can I transition these goals into my lifestyle without causing too much disruption? Be honest with yourself when answering them!

Also, don't make promises to yourself that you can't keep. This will wear on your self esteem. Hold yourself accountable for the things you say. Besides, if you can't trust yourself, how will you be able to trust others? Am I right? Come up with a plan of action. Cut down your list of goals and narrow them down to just a few. A few that you can really focus on and that are extremely important to you. Be realistic and go after it!

Things get hard and you'll want to quit. You'll compare yourself to others. You will fall down. But-this is YOUR journey and YOUR story. You are in charge of how your storybook is written. Make it a good one, because you only get one shot. Make yourself proud. Make yourself work hard (the hard makes it worth it). And most of all, be true to yourself. I believe in you and I'm always rooting for you because I know that every single one of you is worth it!!

Until next time,

Stephanie

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill

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