It's that time of year where we all want a new "me", so why not start off the new year with a "new" approach to achieving your goals? Let's face it, New Year's resolutions are a great way to make positive changes, but less than ten percent of goal-makers feel they are successful at year-end. So, when one process isn't working, switch it up!
Here's your three-month guide to a new you:
- Step 1: New method, new you. Many people struggle with change, so why do we think we can just go cold turkey on eating sugar and lose 50 pounds? Truth is, not a lot of people actually reach that goal. Fortunately there's and old approach to a new you that could help you attain your future goals. It's a Japanese method called "Kaizen". It's focused on making small changes, slowly, until you reach your final goal. Start by making a three-month calendar. Determine a small percentage of your final goal to do each day. By the end of the third month, you will have accomplished that change, and by spacing it out over three months, you will have a greater chance of keeping the change because it has become a part of your lifestyle instead of a quick fix.
- Step 2: Lay the foundation for change. Instead of trying to change things like drinking soda all of a sudden, set goals that will eventually ease you into having the willpower to stop drinking it. Your health starts with happiness. If you focus on that, you take the power away from your vice. For example, set positivity as a goal. As you start seeing life from a different perspective, you will be less stressed, happier, and ready to give up unhealthy habits.
- Step 3: Be accountable. When people are alone they engage more often in habits they don't want anyone to know about. They may eat more, drink more, sleep more, and the list goes on. This just proves how important accountability is. This is why people often find workout buddies. Share your lifestyle changes with friends and co-workers. For example, send out a positivity text to your friends of you working out with an inspirational message every Tuesday. Not only will you be working on the "new you", but you will be helping others do the same for themselves!
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