Ringing in the new year and the new you...
If your planning on making a New Years Resolution like many people do, coming into the New Year you need to take a few steps to ensure you are going to stay on track. First, you need to make realistic goals. I think it's hard to stick to goals that are unrealistic and over the top. You may not feel like your goal is unrealistic but take a look at the smaller scale. Making attainable goals will seal the deal, and make sure you stick to one goal at a time. Bringing on to many goals at one time is a sure way to set yourself up for failure. You need to be able to build your willpower and setting up one small goal that will eventually lead to success in the over all larger goals.
You have to first be ready to change! Just like admitting your wrong, you first have to except it and move forward from there. Once you have excepted the change, you need to fully commit to the change. Like dieting for a show, it's just something that I've excepted- during that block of time before the shows (prep) I know that I can't have ____ to eat, and i follow a show prep,it's just something that I've excepted and I will live with it and move on. It's no big deal, there will be later maybe after a show or even later in life where I can eat that _____ but I know to reach my goals that I can't just keep giving in to temptations at every corner. Sure I have slip ups, everyone does while trying to achieve goals; but the most important thing is that you don't let it get you down, and stand in your way. You have to take action in sticking to and achieving your goals, so moving onto the next phase...TAKING ACTION. While in action on the steps towards success you need to ensure that you are going to stay on climbing up maybe set up small rewards for yourself every time you reach a goal or say no to a high risk situation that could steer you off your path.
Look at what you do daily, almost everything that you do daily is some form or another out of habit. A habit is a repeated behavior that we pretty much subconsciously do. They are part of your routine and they help form repetitive behavior Most of us have routines that we just do, so make it a point to keep up with this goal. All it's going to take is 21 days. So, it takes 21 days to form a habit or break one. Once you start with your change, just keep up and be persistant. To be successful in reaching your goals you need to believe in yourself though. You need to know that you are able to meet your goals. So trusting in yourself is vital.
Surround yourself with people that will enable you to reach your goals. Birds of a feather flock together. Surrounding yourself with people that have positive energy and the same beliefs will help you tremendously. Knowing yourself is critical. Journaling is a great way to learn about yourself. You aren't fooling anyone especially yourself when you journal.
So take the 21 day Challenge this New Years because starting off the new year with new goals and challenges is necessary for your health.