As January 1, 2011 approaches, many of us are probably squirming in our own skin. We know a new year is a chance to begin again, start fresh, kick bad habits and add healthy ones to our daily repertoire. While all the best of intentions can never be doubted, the fact remains that without a solid decision to make a change, our new season of change will undoubtedly be short-lived.
It is no secret that a vast majority of New Year's resolution involve some sort of vow to become healthier. Don't believe me? Try stepping into a gym post January 1st and try to get on a treadmill. Good luck! Health clubs, basements and gymnasiums are packed with people on a mission to lose weight and get healthy. So why do those same places have about half the attendance once March rolls along?
I recently read the book, The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson. I was awakened to the premise that it is the little things that we do, or do not do day after day that create the type of life we ultimately live. While most of us live in a 'gimme it quickly' mentality, it is easy to fall back to our old habits when the results we wanted so badly on January 1st have not magically appeared by February 1st. Many of us don't even make it that long.
If you don't live with the Slight Edge mentality, you fail to see the good of daily exercise when your belly pooch has not turned into a six-pack overnight...or in 30 days. The little things you should be doing daily become just as easy not to do and you gradually pick back up the old habits. Just one little cookie here or a cigarette there. After all, you are stressed and what can be wrong with just one? Ah...remember..the little things we do day after day that create the life we ultimately live.
Being healthy is a daily choice. It's easy easy to eat fast food, but it's just as easy to pack a healthy lunch. It's easy to sleep in, but it's just as easy to wake up an hour early for exercise. It's easy to accept yourself as unhealthy, but it's just as easy to start getting healthier. It's easy to make excuses, but it's just as easy to just do it.
Over this next week, I want you to DECIDE. Decide to make a healthy choice. Don't just say you're going to do it. You might as well quit before you start. Write down what you want, who you want to be and how you envision your life one year from now. Yes, ONE YEAR from now. A resolution is a formal expression of opinion or intention made. Don't just state your intentions. Make a choice, decide and commit!
Then ask me how I can help you achieve it!
No more excuses 2011!