Can you believe 2019 is right around the corner? Neither can I! Time sure flies (whether you’re having fun or not).
I was recently reminded of some words of wisdom particularly when you are looking at a daunting goal. Start working on that daunting goal even if it takes years to accomplish. After all, the time will go by anyway.
That’s so true, isn’t it? So, let’s make 2019 a tremendous year!
7 Steps to Launching a Tremendous New Year
Decide what it is that you want.
That may sound pretty elementary, but you’ll never reach a goal unless you know exactly what it is that you want.
Get a clear vision. Picture it; write it down; be very specific.
This is not about dieting. It’s about fueling your body to be the best it can be. The only way to leave sluggishness and fatigue behind is to feed your physical body healthy foods.
Develop the mindset of “eating to live” rather than “living to eat”.
Move your body.
I wish I could tell you that the human body doesn’t need exercise, but it does. We don’t have to train for a marathon but we do have to move.
Depending on where you are physically, start making small changes to get you moving. Walk more, take the stairs, start a stretching program; just do more than you are doing now.
Getting our body more physically fit gives us more energy and stimulates our endorphins making us happier beings.
(You should see your doctor before starting an exercise program.)
Set realistic goals.
Yes, we do want to stretch for our goals, but we are also motivated by achievement, so be realistic.
There’s no way one will lose 100 pounds in a month so don’t set that type of goal. You can lose 2- 5 pounds in a month; that’s a realistic goal.
Break your goal down into action steps.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Goals are the same way. We can’t just say that we are going to lose “X” number of pounds without an action plan.
Decide how you are going to do that. Eating a certain number of calories per day, exercising, using portion sizes, meal planning and the action steps can go on.
Track your progress.
I had a boss once who always said “What is expected must be inspected to make it happen.” He was absolutely right!
If weight loss is your goal, track your progress. Track what you eat each day. Track how much you move each day. And lastly, track the scales, but once a week or once a month is usually best. Daily weighing often sabotages weight loss because our weight naturally fluctuates daily.
This should probably be the first on the list. So often we forget that we have much for which to be grateful.
I recommend this practice whether you set goals or not. Gratitude alone is a great way to improve every year, month, week and day!
Makes this a DAILY HABIT! It will change your life.
I’m looking forward to the new year! I hope you are, too. Some people break their annual goals into quarterly and/or month goals to better track their progress and determine their action steps. Do what works for you!
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Comment below on what works for you!