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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

11 steps to a MAKING A FRESH START {part 2}

HERE'S THE SECOND SET OF FRESH START STEPS FOR THE NEW YEAR...
 that can help change a variety of different areas of life – health, attitude, time management, job performance, finances, relationships...

CLICK HERE if you missed Part 1

 6. Understand the reason for each of the changes you want to make. If you are trying to eat healthier and perhaps drop a few kilos, remind yourself of how you want to feel by treating your body with better care. 

 7. Remain committed. To truly change habits and let go of things that were not helping you progress toward your goals, will require time – approximately 3 weeks or 11-14 times of what ever the new habit is to make it an engrained thought. So be patient with yourself. 

 8. Strive for excellence, push aside perfection. You will make a few missteps along the way, but file them as opportunities to learn and don’t stop. Do your best and then push a little further. You’ll be surprised what you are actually capable of. 

 9. Positive self talk is mandatory. Remember to surround yourself with optimism – whether it be the people who support your choices, affirmations you’ve written down and posted in your house, journal or planner, or most importantly, the self-talk that is constantly going on in your head – keep it positive. If you wouldn’t want to hear such negativity from somebody else, don’t allow the voice in your head to bad mouth you either. 

 10. Give it 24 hours. There will be days where your mood is just not where you’d like it to be and the hope and determination you had at the beginning is waning. It may seem in this moment that nothing will help, but give it a day. We all have days when for whatever reason, we just aren’t feeling it. Give yourself 24 hours and pick up the cause again tomorrow. Don’t stop believing in yourself and give yourself a bit of a break (but not too much). 

 11. Let yourself dance around the living room. You know those moments that occur that you didn’t expect would go so well but they do and sometimes better than you expected? And while nobody else would understand how thrilled you are, this is no reason not to celebrate. Whether it’s dancing around the living room, letting out a YAHOO!! even if your pets look at you kind of funny, do it. 



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