As an expert on helping people make positive changes in their lives I’m also a firm believer in practicing what I preach! I’ve been successful with personal behavior changes such as overcoming an eating disorder and quitting drinking as well as accomplishing professional goals like opening my own practice and publishing a book. I want to help YOU be successful with your short term and long term goals to help you achieve your dreams and not lose steam. Keep your blinders on though because there will be people who will discourage you along the way and you may experience a ton of rejection and set backs. But, I promise if YOU have the will there is always a way and you can live a life beyond your wildest dreams.
The chaos of Christmas is hopefully starting to slow down. Carve out some time and reflect on 2017. It wasn’t all good or all bad. Reflect on highlights and low lights accross categories-relationships, financial, career, health. What do you aspire to let go of, maintain, or accomplish? Be specific. If you want more peace and serenity, you need to do something practical daily (and not just in January but 365 days the entire year) to achieve this. Maybe you set an intention of meditating for 5 minutes 2 times a day.
This time of year can be full of hope if you use it correctly. I use this model not necessarily to set resolutions but as a perfect time to reset, have a fresh start, and get momentum going.
Don’t set yourself up for failure by over committing to a lengthy list. I suggest keeping your goals between 3 and 5 items.
8. Move at least 15–30 minutes a day. Dance, walk, cycle, swim. It will keep you grounded. I’m not suggesting weight loss or dieting-it’s against my core values. If you strive to “get healthy” consistency is key. Love your body inside and out. It takes work.
9. Clean house and surround yourself with people who motivate you and support your vision. Purge relationships that create negativity.
10. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun and laugh your ass off.
Originally published at medium.com