If you adopt one mantra for 2017… “be better”. If you select one resolution to stick to… “be better”. It’s that time of year when friends and family will talk diets, weight-loss, work out programs. No matter the newest or latest trend there is one core reason we all chose to engage in these activities and that is to ‘be better’. Today I ‘m going to talk about resolutions and keeping it simple by focusing on ‘being better’.
Each and every day we make choices on what we do. Within that we have the power ‘be better’. First if you are trying to lose weight, you are looking for a lifestyle change not a diet. You are also looking for a system and approach that will work with who you are. How you get there will depend on motivation, passion, and grit.
Something needs to trigger you to get started. This can range from dis-satisfaction, health risk, or a desire to look more sexy. You have to need it for yourself not just want for it. When you need something, you make it happen. Next is passion. You’ve got to find something you enjoy. There is such a variety of activities available to you, and finding something that you are passionate about will keep you there. If you find yourself fighting to show-up it may be time to switch it up a bit. . Finally grit. There will be times, phases, or plateaus that frustrate or even anger you. Showing some grit to break through will be key for long term success.
So how do these three characteristics motivation, passion, and grit work with ‘being better’. That boils down to daily choices. Before you turn on the TV for your favorite show get in 10-15 min of walking, running, push-ups, sit-ups or other activity. If being active in some way is your goal then every choice you make during the day will work towards or against that goal. Keep it simple and start small. Park far away from the grocery store. Build in those extra steps.
If eating habits are your goal. Fill your plate with everything you are suppose to have before indulging in the things you would like to have. You’ll find you eat less of the bad foods in volume and stick to your goals while sufficing some cravings. There are many iterations you will go through when taking on cleaning up your diet. No one gets it right the first time. Take steps to move in the right direction. Eliminate sugar. Eliminate processed foods. Maybe not all at once, but little by little change over what your daily consumption looks like and adopt new permanent changes you can sustain.
Overtime, you will find that long term success was built or a series of small choices you make. And that those choices will change the course of life you were previously on. Most importantly it will lead to success in what you are working towards. Remind yourself to ‘be better’ by committing to make small choices that support your larger goal. Make a choice today, you would not have made yesterday. Little by little you will see that you are becoming that better you, you wanted. It’s almost 2017… my hope for you is that you find a way to ‘be better’!