It’s that time of year again. New Year’s resolutions are right around the corner. You want to slim down, kick that bad habit, make better choices, get organized. Wait! Wasn’t that what you resolved last year?
I recently heard the saying, “Today is yesterday’s tomorrow.” Such a simple phrase got me thinking; how often do we say, “I will start exercising tomorrow” or, “I will run that errand tomorrow” and then tomorrow comes and we decide to push it off yet again. We need to start making change today. As the New Year approaches, we get inspired by the thought of having a fresh start. Every day we are blessed with is also a fresh start. We give ourselves a way out when we set a future date or time to accomplish a task. Try to go into each and every day with the feeling that you have going into the New Year. As you wake, ask yourself, “Today is a new day, what can I do to optimize my health?”
Start the New Year by writing your mission statement, or health vision. Hang it up somewhere that will regularly remind you of what you want to accomplish in the upcoming year. When you think about your health and wellbeing this time next year, what are you hoping to achieve? Here is an example:
“I am exercising at least 3 times per week and getting to bed by 10:00 p.m. I continue to increase my vegetable intake and look up new, healthy recipes regularly. As a result of these things, I have the strength and energy I need to keep up with my grandkids. I am successful because I have the support of my family.”
To summarize, your “new you” vision can include: the goals you want to accomplish, the outcome you will achieve, the motivation behind your goals and your strategy to stay successful.
You can do it! There’s no time like the present to start making change. What can you do TODAY to lead you towards a New You?