It’s around this time of year when we start to think about our New Year resolutions. Something that we have wanted to do for a while, but have to wait until the 1 Jan to start! Unfortunately statistics show that we will stick with it until 15 Jan and then give up. Why? There are a number of reasons, such as an unrealistic resolution, no plan of action, wrong perspective, not believing in yourself. In my opinion the reason people don’t stick to their resolutions is because the resolution will be seen as negative.
How many times have we resolved to give up this, or give up that? Your mind will percieve this as negative. If I have to give something up, I have to have something taken away! Well, yeah! But may if it was looked at this resolution in a positive way we may actually stick to our resolution – at least for a little longer than 15 days!
Lets take a look at a simple typical resolution – ‘I want to stop eating bad food’. Straight away our mind will look at this from a negative pespective. I have to stop, therefore I am taking something away. I am going to take away food. But I need food in order to survive. Therefore, I can’t keep this up as I need this food. A more postive approach could be ‘ I want to eat a healthier, more nutritious diet’. This approach does not tell us that we have to stop something, more, we are starting something good. Our mind is a powerful tool, but, influence it with the correct terminology and we can control our mindful responses.
So, before you tell yourself you are going to quit everything this New Year, tell yourself what you are going to start. Tell yourself the postives of what you want to do. Rembember though – you don’t have to wait until 1 Jan to start your road to a better you!
Have a fit and healthy day