That New Year's Resolution

It's that time of year again. When we mentally wipe the slate clean and vow to do some drastic thing to change our lives forever. Lose weight. Eat healthy. Start working out. The truth is, most New Year's resolutions are abandoned within a couple of weeks of making them. Why? Because our intentions, while good, are lofty for our current habits. What does that even mean? It means that if you try to go from eating fried chicken and pizza all the time to eating salads and grilled chicken breast, there is going to be a rebellion in your body and your mind. If you are viewing this new thing as 'depriving you', it is not going to be successful long term. Our brains are hard-wired to preserve us and choose pleasure over pain; familiar over unfamiliar. Not to mention that our energy bodies are not in sync with this either.

It's tough to make this drastic of a change, and it's not necessarily healthy. If you are going to make a change, start small. Do something that you can stick to and that is slightly better or different, rather than drastic. Set up a stair step system for yourself. If you are going to change your diet, maybe start by adding salad in with your pizza, but eat the salad first. Adjust the ratio of healthy to unhealthy food until you transition to your goal. Start with 1/2 cup of greens with dressing and work your way up. Do it over a few weeks, rather than all at once. Be specific about each step of the goal, so that you can have little victories along the way. If want to add in working out, start with a walk around the block. If you want to meditate, start with a few deep relaxing breaths for 1 minute.

If you can do small things, they add up to big things in the end. You will look back next January 1st and not believe the progress you made. And if you get off track, don't beat yourself up. Just be the best version you can of yourself every day and you will get there.