In my last post, I emphasized the first step in making our resolutions real is to have a plan. Putting together a well thought out plan strengthens your intention to change. In the process of creating a plan, you examine the thought and behavior patterns that have held you back in the past. Creating a plan enables you to identify strategies to create new and empowering habits that point you toward success.
Once you have created your plan, you are ready to begin the most challenging phase: Implementation.
One secret I’ve learned when pursuing my own resolutions is to begin with small steps. If you want to lose weight by walking, for example, you might want to begin with a short distance you feel comfortable – say a quarter mile outdoors instead of one mile. If you’ve joined a gym, you might choose to set your treadmill for one half mile instead of two miles.
In my own case, I belong to a fine gym a few blocks from my apartment. I’m an early riser (5 am) but I don’t like to exercise that early. So my target time is 8 am. That gives me time for breakfast with supplements, meditation, and replying to essential email. When 7:45 am rolls around I may not really want to go to the gym. But I have put up Post-It notes in the bedroom and bath with the reminder “8 am is workout time. No excuses.”
I can still find many excuses to not go. I put on my workout clothing. More excuses. I put on my workout shoes. More excuses. I remember the Nike mantra “Just do it” and get in my car. I tell myself I can quit once I get in 3 sets of my first exercise.
Once I’m in the gym and underway with my first set, I find myself fully committed to complete my full routine.
Leaving the gym, I can feel the endorphins kicking in. Life is good.
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Wishing you the best in 2016!