Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini
Well here it is, yet again, another New Year's is upon us. Resolutions, gym memberships, cleanses, clean eating, smoking cessation, and organizational techniques are all about to get kicked off in 2015. Why is it that we wait until New Years to kick off our big changes that we truly know we should be doing anyway? Or why do we wait until Monday to start our new habit or make that change? Is it purely ritualistic? Will it make our goals any more attainable? According to the University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 8% of the people who make new years resolutions are successful in their goal. 8% ?!?! Soooo then we turn to Mondays, right? We'll start our new eating habits, diets, exercise routine on Monday and by Wednesday we are telling ourselves, NEXT Monday we will start. My belief is that any day that ends in "y" is as good as any. If you fall off the wagon tomorrow is another day, no need to wait until Monday.
Tips on how to keep your resolutions:
Be Realistic: Now i don't usually say this, but when we are talking resolutions, it's OK to aim low here. Start small, and continue moving, conquering your goals will only get the ball rolling to change, so don't be afraid to set the bar low. Baby steps can lead to great, lasting change.
Be Clear and Specific with Your Goals: If you want to lose weight, select a certain number of pounds to shed, then set mini-goals and dates on which you aim to accomplish each goal. Want to save money? Determine the amount you will put aside each month and identify changes you'll be making to get there, whether that means skipping your morning cappuccino or eating weekday dinners in instead of dining out.
Go Public: Tell people your goals, and how you plan to attain them. (and I don't mean by putting it on Facebook blast) Accountability is a hefty motivator. When you're falling off from a goal, family and friends can help you get back on track or they can continue your success with encouragement. Even one "goal buddy" can help you achieve success.
Be Prepared: There are going to be days that you just don't want to follow thru, there will be temptations, and it's ok, we are all human. Just be aware of what you are going into, Birthday for a co-worker with cake? maybe just have a small slice vs the whole corner piece. Going out for drinks? People are going to want to go out and light up, throw some extra hard candies or suckers in your pocket to get you thru without a cigarette.
Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself: This will not help you achieve your ultimate goal. One bad meal won't make you gain back 10 pounds. One day not at the gym won't foil your whole plan. Keep going. One day at a time.
Sticktoitiveness: You got to have the want to keep going. Stick to your goal. Why did you set your goal in the 1st place? What do you ultimately want to achieve? You got this, you are stronger than you think. If it seems to daunting, make it thru 24 hours, you'll be surprised how 24 hours builds on one another.
and lets not forget that it takes 21 days for a new activity to become a new habit.
And maybe you are one to not even make a new year's resolution, maybe you don't want to be bothered with the hype, maybe you are awesome enough, maybe you don't need a specific day to decide to be better or healthier, regardless we can all improve, we are all striving to be better us's, whether it's just being kinder, or being more mindful, or being more present in our daily lives, so if and when you decide to make a change, maybe it won't be on New Year's, maybe it will be on a Monday, or any other day that ends in "y" for that matter. May you rock all your "y" days.
Happy New Year!
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.