Did you make a New Year’s commitment to eat Whole30 or some other diet, to refrain from alcohol during “dry January,” or to go to the gym regularly, this year, starting now (really, this time, yes, for sure)?
How is that going for you?
If you are struggling, you’re not alone. Just look at the rush on juice bars and fitness businesses at the beginning of every new year and watch that customer graph line go doooooown as months continue.
I’m a big believer in the unrestricted version of positive change – as in not setting up rigid guidelines or time parameters but rather making lifestyle changes, one choice at a time without long-term pressures.
This method is what makes “being better” habits stick (for me and others). Otherwise, there may be anxiety surrounding the issue which can lead to negative association, cheating, or all together abandonment.
We’re always thinking behind and/or ahead, which means we don’t focus on the present enough.
The present is where all the magic happens, friends. Now is when you take action. Now is when you commit. Each time, every day.
Have you read any of Dale Carnegie’s books? Highly recommended.
Written nearly a century ago, they have cheesy titles such as How to Stop Worrying and Start Living or How to Win Friends and Influence People. They are filled with basic, universal knowledge of human behavior: “The best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly, today.”
All you have to do is make that one decision, right now. What am I going to eat? Am I going to work out or just go straight home and have a glass of wine? Should I finish this work project or mindlessly scroll social media for the next hour?
Let yourself off the hook if you aren’t feeling it, but really “look yourself in the eye” when deciding. It’s you. It’s now. What’s it gonna be?
Give yourself something today that tomorrow will have you thinking, “Thanks for that, self. Now I can rock today even better. Do it again, and again, and again. Then, oh my gosh! It’s the new you. The better you. Taking care of business, feeling good. Get it.