It’s a Garbage Can not a Garbage Can’t

By on January 3, 2018
It's garbage can, not garbage can't

Negative thinking can make any resolution seem like a prison.

This year is full of so many opportunities for success, that there’s no reason why you can’t completely own it and make it your best year EVER. So before we get into some of these facts that you might not know, let me offer you a tip.

Rather than making your resolution a wish, change the way you look at it by making it an actionable.

Here are some simple ways to start your year off right and keep it on track.

1.Put Yourself First.

You should always be the most important person to you. Family and friends may only be a whisker behind, but you‟re number one! I don‟t mean to suggest you should be selfish or uncaring. I mean that you have to look after yourself otherwise nothing else will work.

I often have clients tell me this is literally impossible for them as they have so many people vying for their time and attention. Ok, I get that, I really do, but if you aren’t prepared to give yourself the support you need and deserve, then neither I nor anybody else can help you.

2. Learn To Say No. 

If you think it‟s necessary to say yes to every request that‟s ever made of you, think again. It may seem like you have to take on extra work to get by in life, but that‟s simply not the case. In fact, the opposite is often true.

3. Draft a detailed plan that looks ahead AND assesses the past.

What were your goals for 2014? Did you meet them? Why or why not? Look at what you did well as well as what you’d like to improve. Include specific details.Why take a hard look at the past year?

Because the very fact that you’re making a resolution says that there’s something about your life that you want to improve. Your motivation to change lies in your past. To have the best chance of success, you need to have the clearest understanding possible of your reasons for pursuing change.

Put those reasons down in writing, in as much detail as you can.

Then, once you’ve addressed the past year, draft a detailed plan for reaching your goals. How will you lose those 10 pounds? Get specific about your diet. Get specific about your workout plan. If you’re trying to reduce your stress, get specific about what you will do to make that happen.

4. Start with something small.

Sometimes it takes time to build up the confidence to believe that you really can achieve something. It goes hand in hand with making sure your goals are realistic. Think in terms of what’s achievable. If you have a larger, overarching goal, set it up as a series of smaller goals and tackle them one at a time.

5. Focus on what you CAN do instead of what you can’t. (Remember the garbage can!)

Do you know why diets suck? It’s all the “can’t”. Negative thinking can make any resolution seem like a prison.

Instead of saying “I’m giving up sugar,” re-think the task as “I’m going to eat fruit instead.” Instead of “I’m giving up soda,” try “I’m drinking more water,” which naturally pushes soda out of your present diet. Find the stuff you enjoy and stop fretting about what you can’t do.

6. Keep a journal.

Write it all down. What, when, and why did you eat what you ate? What challenges did you face this week sticking to the diet? How will you tackle those challenges moving forward? Writing down your accomplishments and failures helps to reinforce your routine and provides an opportunity to analyze your progress since it forces you to stop and think about what you’re doing.

Those who keep a food journal have proven to lose twice as much weight as those that don’t.

Researchers found that participants who put their workout intentions in writing were roughly 3x more likely to stick to the plan than those who did not. The pen is mighty indeed!

7. Enlist your family and friends.
Accountability is absolutely huge. Tell the people in your life what you’re up to so they can root you on. Keep them informed of your progress. See if someone will take on the challenge with you as a partner.

In fact, if it makes sense and you’re comfortable with it, consider making that journal public. There’s a reason why so many people blog their individual weight loss journeys — by going public, they make themselves accountable to whoever is reading.

Facebook. Most everyone does Facebook. Right? Post what you’re doing there. Talk about accountability. All your “peeps” will be watching your progress and you don’t dare let them down.

Find the stuff you enjoy and stop fretting about what you can’t do.


Now it’s your turn. What are your best tips for staying on track?

Let me know in the comments how you are doing!

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