How is your 2013 so far? Be honest.
Is it living up to the expectations you set for it?
If not, why?
What are your intentions this year?
Want to hear mine?
I want to take this year by storm. Dreaming bigger than ever before, being bolder in my actions and in my thinking, and not holding back when listening to my gut. Bravery needs practice sometimes. I'm workin' on it!
Since I'm not a big "resolution" person, I'd much rather make changes all year-long, not just when the calendar says I should. But I thought I would share a few of my "do's and don'ts" for keeping your resolutions. Here goes:
1) Do NOT go cold turkey--resist the urge to ward off all unhealthy foods "forever" and catch yourself before you utter "I am NEVER going to _______" (insert drink coffee, watch too much TV, eat fast food, etc.). This is self sabotaging. We have not been able to quit sugar up until this point--why would a day on the calendar make it more feasible? Be realistic, don't set yourself up.
DO: Start off small and pick ONE important thing you want to change--try and choose only ONE thing to focus on at a time. Tough but worth it :)
2) Do NOT make your resolution "outcome based" such as I will lose 20 lbs by March 1st or else...
DO: Make it "habit based" by saying, each week I will eliminate another sugary food from my diet, or every week I will add another mile to my walk/run. Over time you get to your ultimate goal but without the deadline LOOMING over you.
3) Do NOT attach a reward to the end result. Like "I will buy new clothes if and when I lose 25 lbs."
DO: Build in rewards as you go along to keep yourself motivated. For example, buy yourself new sneakers after you have walked a jogged a certain number of miles or days or weeks.
4) Do NOT go it alone. Having no one to keep you on track will lessen your likelihood for success.
DO: Find a buddy, accountability partner, sponsor, coach, mentor, etc. The more people on your journey with you, the more likely you are to stay on track, stay focused and get results.
5) Do NOT make resolutions that aren't true to you--i.e.just stating one because you feel like you have to, or everyone else is, or this is what I "should" be doing (losing weight, quitting soda, etc.)
DO: Set intentions for yourself this year that are truly authentic and meaningful. MOST IMPORTANTLY, attach a FEELING to the resolution, like how you will FEEL when you lose the weight, or how your life will CHANGE when you dump that dead beat boyfriend. Its all about the FEELING attached to what we are trying to change--that's where the MEANING is.
Now that 2013 is here what are you going to do differently?
How are you going to attack your goals and dreams with purpose, intention and conviction?
Are you constantly asking yourself,
"Where do I begin?"
"What do I do first?"
"What do I focus on now?"
Maybe its time to get help with your business.
If you need to strategize with a big thinker with big ideas, perspective and experience find someone to help you gain clarity, direction and focus in '13.
I am looking forward to helping more women grow bigger, expand their life and business, and experience the success and happiness they see for themselves this year.
Here's to another fabulous year--a BETTER year--than ever before.