Jan, 01, 2015
“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” - Unknown
I sit here on Dec. 31, naturally pondering all of the glorious things I resolve to accomplish in 2015 beginning promptly on Jan. 1: I am going to lose weight, workout every day, start saving more money (to pay off debt), find a solid work/life balance and all of the other common New Year’s resolutions. But you and I both know that come February, I am going to have fallen off the proverbial bandwagon with all the other overachievers.
In reality, I don’t want to be an overachiever. I want to be an achiever. I want to make a handful of long-lasting, impactful changes in my life that I know I can accomplish. So this year, I resolve to adopt some new habits that will guide my actions and decisions – and ultimately lead to the best version of me.
- Adopt an “attitude of gratitude” by starting a gratitude journal. Studies have found actual links between gratitude and happiness including better health, productivity and relationships. That covers all the typical resolutions in one habit! Plus, Oprah has a gratitude journal so they must be legit (wink!). I have considered starting a journal in the past but always looked at it as one more thing to keep up with. After doing research – I’m a facts and figures kind of gal – I am sold on the benefits and effectiveness of recognizing and reflecting on gratitude and am genuinely looking forward to beginning this habit.
- Make my health a top priority. Included in that statement are the typical lose weight and get in better shape resolutions. The difference is that rather than setting myself up for failure by focusing on a goal weight and/or working out “every day,” I am challenging myself to make day-to-day decisions with my health as a top consideration. I’m not going to deprive myself; instead I will train my brain to make better decisions. I know what I need to do – eat healthier, drink more water, get more exercise, etc. – I just need to make it a priority this year. As a side note, I am also challenging myself to run a 5K before June 30 by completing the Couch to 5K plan. Ultimately, I know that if I adopt this mentality and work toward meeting the 5K challenge, I will inevitably lose weight and find myself in better shape.
Over the next week or two, I plan to dive deeper into each of these habits to establish an action plan. I know better than to launch an overhaul effective Jan. 1 … or I’ll wind up where I’ve always been!
Cheers to new opportunities,