On New Year’s Eve, I was thinking about positive changes to make in 2018.
I found myself saying “Know what? Change is hard.”
Saying it out loud, though, I immediately realized that I was wrong.
No, change isn’t hard.
Sometimes, change is extremely easy. For example, just a few weeks ago, I was exercising daily and making healthy food choices. And … then… the holidays happened. And it is -2 degrees as I type this. So there are still too many cookies in the house, and our daily walks are on hold until the weather breaks or I get on the treadmill.
While it’s easy to believe the self defeating statement “Change is Hard”, that is all it is – a self-defeating statement lacking truth.
We convince ourselves that “Change is Hard”, and then we set ourselves up for failure by:
- setting unrealistic Resolutions;
- starting a new journey without a map or plan;
- setting the bar too high;
- pursuing goals that are not right for us right now;
- not asking for help; or
- expecting big change overnight.
But here is the good news – Change doesn’t have to be hard. And for the New Year, just getting back to what you are supposed to be doing can be a big step in the right direction.
Start with just getting back on track, whatever that looks like to you. Let’s leave the bad holiday habits behind. It’s time to:
- Get to bed on time;
- Clear that kitchen counter, and put the snacks out of sight;
- Take that January list I suggested you make, and add action dates to it;
- Curb or stop spending money;
- Unsubscribe from advertising emails;
- Stop running around like a crazy person; or
- Conversely, start moving again and be productive;
- Clear holiday / all other clutter from surfaces;
- Log into your on-line banking, and pay those bills;
- Re-boot your morning meditation / routine / reading hours, etc.;
- And From My Friends:
- Use my little elliptical stepper in the evening (SM);
- Go to the gym with my neighbor / Work out (JM/JH/LB);
- Eat better (PB/LB);
- Reduce sugar intake, decrease sugar / artificial sweeteners (LZ / MC);
- Finding a planner I like and actually use it (LR);
- Write 3 gratitudes each day, focusing on the positive; (PM)
- Refocus on work, the Holidays allow a lot of distractions (LB);
- Start running again! It is just 30 minutes out of my entire day, so no excuses (MO);
- Spend time regularly to tidy/organize my papers & desk so that it STAYS tidy & organized (MTO);
- Have fun – so often, I fall in the trap of pursuing accomplishment of various items in my ‘to do’ list that I neglect to devote time to things that are purely enjoyable (SRC).
I am so happy for us! Know why?
WE KNOW HOW TO DO THIS! We know what to do.
We know what healthy habits are, and how to re-establish them.
We know how to be productive, we just need to get back to it!
We know how to be good to ourselves, so let’s be good!
This year, let’s start the year with returning to what we know. How about we review our good habits that may have gotten a little lax over the last month? Let’s start the year strong, with realistic expectations to build a strong foundation, and then climb from there!
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