Forget New Year’s Resolutions if you want to succeed at improving Your Health, Wellbeing and Self Esteem in 2012?
Was your New Year resolution to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise for 30 minutes every day? Did you make these same resolutions last year?
It is already the end of the first week of 2012 and I am wondering how you are going with keeping and implementing your New Year resolutions.
Every year the majority of people (me included) make a firm resolution to make some positive change to their lifestyle. Yet every year more than 90% of people will have failed to keep that resolution by the end of January.
New Year resolutions just do not work for most people!
So am I saying that you should give up on trying making changes? No not at all!
I encourage change, in the all areas of life but especially positive changes that influence and improve personal health, wellbeing, self-esteem and generally living a vibrant flourishing life. Successfully making changes here will enable you to live a longer healthier happier life. In short you could have your life Flourish.
However perhaps there is a different way that is more likely to successfully create the changes that you would like to achieve.
What if you replaced the word Resolution with Intention to Evolve?
The word resolution means “a firm decision to do something” and is generally applied to resolving a problem. In the context of New Year’s Resolutions it is generally applied to something that we are judging to be “wrong” or “deficient” with ourselves. Often it is also trying to solve the same problem the same way over and over again.
Intention means “the quality or state of having a purpose in mind” and Evolve is the gradual development of something into a better or more complex form”.
I personally believe that to form an strong intention and vision of how you would like your life/health/ self-esteem/confidence/weight etc to change this year is a much more powerful way to generate the change that you want to achieve.
So I invite you to create some quiet time for yourself free from distractions and really contemplate how you want to feel about yourself and your life. Take a look at the resolutions that you made and really feel what the purpose of your vision really is.
Why do you really want to lose weight? Stop smoking? Exercise more?
Is your “resolution “coming from a place of fear? For example, I don’t want to get lung cancer; diabetes; be judged as fat, Etc.
Knowing your vision, the deeper “Why” of the change that you wish to make and then wording into a positive deep felt intention will engage the help of your subconscious brain. This part of your brain (which is in fact the real decision maker) is really only able to give you what you focus on.( for more information on how your brain works read Our Three Brains.
Focus on the benefits of the changes that you wish to make, notice how will your life be improved? How you would feel when achieving this? This one shift in your mindset can work wonders.
It is also important to then take one small action step consistently. Sustainable and lasting change is made possible by small increments of change implemented, built upon and expanded.
What it is that you are intending to evolve this year?
I would love to read what it is. So do post a comment below.
Committed to supporting you to Get Well,, Stay Well, Live Well and Flourish
Dr. Sonja Gwosdezki (Registered chiropractor)
Wellbeing Empowerment and Stress Relief Expert
Sustainable Weight-loss Coach