it is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Charles DarwinDid you know that 81% of resolutions fail?
Don’t let this statistic discourage you from setting mighty goals. With the right mindset and course of action you can achieve anything you put your mind (and heart) into.
Before jumping right into goal setting and taking an oath to eating healthy and living your best life in 2017, take a moment to step back, quiet the mind, reflect on the past and visualize where you’d like to see yourself.
- What were your wins (big or small)?
- What are you most proud of?
- How did you get to where you are today?
- What were some struggles?
- What were the lessons learned from your wins and failures?
If 2016 was a year you’d like to wrap up in a bow, archive and forget about, unfortunately, you can’t eliminate it from your story book. Your experiences, lessons, wins and losses are a part of you and it is what shaped you. Learn from your mistakes and successes, they are what guide you through your evolution.
2017 is a fragment of YOUR evolution.
For me, 2017 isn’t about starting fresh, it’s about developing myself both personally and professionally, and taking action. 2017 is a fragment of my evolution. In order to move forward and thrive, I stay focused, take what I’ve learned, make note of the qualities I’d like to instill and have fun along the way.
To set you up for growth and success, here are 5 simple tips that will help you through your evolution:
Get in tune with your needs
No one knows you better than yourself. Your body is constantly giving you signals (sometimes subtle and sometimes a desperate cry for help) to indicate when things are serving you and when something needs to change. If you are setting a goal to feel your best, lose weight, get fit or increase your energy, you need to start from within. For example, observe your body’s reaction when you incorporate more vegetables in your diet and eliminate process foods. Bring more self-awareness during meals by avoiding watching TV or using your phone.
Keep up with day to day victories that make your life a little easier and calmer
We live in a fast pace environment where increased exposure to screen time, continuous looming deadlines, endless to do list and high expectations contributes to stress. When we experience chronic stress, we begin to suffer through various health issues that could lead to more serious problems long term. It’s important to find ways to destress, take time for yourself, disconnect from social media and enjoy some downtime. Ask yourself, what do I need to make my life a little easier? How can I instill more calmness into my day to day routine? For example, simply going for a 10-20 minute walk in the park during your lunch break can boost your productivity and reduce stress. Or try carving out some time on Sunday to meal prep for the week, it will will save you time and money and will allow you to stay fuelled and help you resist cravings.
It’s okay to deviate from your plan
Sometimes we set a particular goal thinking it’ll bring us satisfaction, when in reality it brings on more anxiety, frustration and unhappiness. For example, you set a plan to get fit by signing up at a gym only to realize that the gym environment is not your cup of tea. Tune in to your thoughts and feelings and reassess your plan. The gym might not be an environment in which you you thrive, so try different tactics. Perhaps joining a sports team or fitness class fits with your needs.
"The ideal diet is the individual diet that adapts and fluctuates with our needs. It correlates with our activity level, our state of health, where we live, the time of year, and even the daily weather."
- Elson M. Hass, MD
Don’t give up
Whatever you do, don’t give up. Some days you won’t feel motivated to take action or you’ll deviate from your path or you won’t feel your best. Don’t let it spoil the days ahead. Tune in, adapt and try again.
it is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
- Charles Darwin