A new year has started and with it many new resolutions – am I right? What is your resolution for this year? Is it health related? Is this the year you are finally going to shed the extra kilos that have gathered over the years? Or the year you are going to get your eating habits under control? Or is this the year you are finally going to put yourself first and do something good for yourself?
Most people are super motivated to get fit and healthy at the turn of the new year. Fitness centers have their busiest month in January because everyone wants to get back in shape – or simply get in shape.
January is also the month most people take a break from drinking and unhealthy eating. Are you one of them?
I used to do that too. One year I even managed to stop smoking for the first 3 weeks of January – that was my first ever attempt to quit. It didn’t go so well because drinks and cigarettes just had to go hand in hand, and by the third week I had a drink in one hand…
I used to do New Years Resolution. I used to vow to myself that this year I would stop smoking, eat healthy and start working out! I would quit smoking cold turkey, eat healthy without any sort of plan and workout every day! As January set off, I would stick to it the first few days, maybe even weeks, but then inevitably I would go back to my previous ways.
One year when I tried to quit smoking, it lasted until the first night out about two weeks in. Instead of beating myself up about it I just changed my resolution to “only smoking when I go out”. That was a disaster! I ended up drinking every night in order to smoke. Ridiculous! 😂
Year after year I would sign up at the gym or for an aerobics class, go maybe once or twice and then it would fade out. What a waste of money! I would also try to eat better using WILL POWER, but if you have tried that, you KNOW that doesn’t work!
Anyway, I eventually stopped making resolutions.
This year, I read about something else, something different that I will try.
Maybe you will try it with me?
I will use ONE WORD to describe how I want this year to be. This one word is supposed to guide you through the whole year and remind you to stay in the present. For instance, it could be gratitude. I want to be grateful this year. Then you would focus on this word all year long and remember to be grateful.
My word is staycalm and peaceful. Ok, technically two words, but it still counts 😉I had all these plans for my business in 2017. There were so many things I wanted to do! It became more and more challenging and overwhelming. And I became more and more stressed, trying to deal with my kids, managing the household and running my business, all at once. One day I said to myself, ‘no thank you’. I will stay focused, be effective and only do the things I want to do!
I will stay calm and peaceful.
If I feel myself getting stressed or feeling out of balance I will stop and readjust until I am calm and peaceful!
Doesn’t this sound much easier than trying to stick to unrealistic resolutions? I think it does!
Will you try it? What is your word?
What can you do to remind yourself of this word? Maybe hang it on a piece of paper on the bathroom mirror?