The Secret to Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! Did you set out some goals for yourself for the new year? Or did you think "why bother, I never stick to them anyway"? How is it that some goals stick and others do not? Well, in a word, purpose.

Purpose.

Purpose?

What is the purpose of that goal? Why are you setting it? How much importance does it really have in your life?

So, let's take a common health goal: to loose weight (or, to put in a positive tone; to reach and maintain a healthy weight that I'm happy with.) So, what is your purpose for that goal? Think about it.... maybe it is because you want to look good for your mate, or maybe it is because you want to set a good example for your children, or maybe it is because you want to be able to hike up and down mountains looking for deer, maybe it is because you know you are capable of living another 40 years and you want to enjoy it by feeling good and not physically achy and tired.

For me, years ago, I set a goal to eat healthily. This has morphed over the years as I read book after book and experimented with different diets and fads. What hasn't changed is the purpose behind this goal. For me, it is because I wish to live at least 100 years and I want to really LIVE for all 100; not be so crippled and in poor health that I am stuck in a chair, feeling tired and unhappy for my last years. I want to avoid degenerative disease. I want to stay away from prescription drugs and all their side effects. I want to set a positive example for my kids. I want to have the energy to do what I want all day long, every day (especially keep up with my kids and keep energy to stay positive with them.)

So, when I make choices in the foods I eat, I ask myself if this food (or drink) will keep my energy levels up or drain them? Am I setting a good example for my kids to follow? Am I meeting the purpose behind my goal of eating healthily? In order to really do this, I pay attention to how I feel and how my body reacts to certain foods. Example: if I eat a lot of foods with sugar (hello Christmas cookies) I feel drained the next day. If I eat dairy, my skin breaks out and I'm phlegmy. On the flip side, if I have a large smoothie for breakfast and a piece of fruit for a snack before lunch, I have plenty of energy and feel good.

So, as you set resolutions for the new year, also really think about the purpose behind each one, physically write it down, set a time in your calendar to check in on your progress, and that my friend, will help you stick to them.

With love, hugs and smiles, 

Carolyn

P.S. If you want to work with me one-on-one or in a private Facebook group to set health and happiness goals and have an accountability partner (another sure-fire way to stick to goals), please contact me for more info.