5 Steps to Turning Your Resolutions into a Reality
So here it is – January 1st, 2017!
I don’t know about you but the new year always brings a new sense of excitement doesn’t it? I mean, maybe you set out some goals for yourself for the new year. Well – how are you doing with them? As many of you know – it takes 40 days to make and sustain a habit. Well let’s take some time to focus, commit and make it happen.
So here are the 5 steps to make it happen – to literally make your resolutions a reality!
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Everything in life begins with WHY, as in why we do, what we do. This is what drives us to take action OR not take action. This is what motivates us to get out of bed or not get out of bed each morning. And this is the reason we make a change or don’t make a change. Therefore, the first Secret to having your New Year’s Resolutions become a reality is to understand WHY you want it manifest in the first place? Why did you decide to make “what this is” your goal? Is it for YOU or is it because of societal or familial pressures? Maybe you want to do this for someone else. Have you attempted to pursue this endeavor in the past and why did it work or not work? Why do you do, what you do?
Take time to write our your why now. Write the following on the top of a fresh page of paper. “I want to _____, because___________.”
Maybe you want to lose weight. Maybe you really want to make this happen so you can be ready for that summer wedding, or because your health is important. Maybe you want to get into shape for a hiking trip. What ever it is for you. Write it down now. When you physically write it out, your likelihood to make it happen goes up ten-fold.
Why is at the core of your existence and the foundation of ALL ACTIONs, therefore, once you define your WHY, the next secret will come into play.
Now that you understand WHY you want to have your goals transform into your reality it is ESSENTIAL to become aware of who you need to BE so that this can materialize. What characteristics are present in someone who has already achieved this status in their lives? Who are you today that is limiting this possibility? What are you willing to change before tomorrow morning to begin the process? We often have clarity of what we would like to HAVE in our lives (aka New Year’s Resolutions), without first working on who we are, which is responsible for what we will have.
Now that you have a better idea as to WHY you have established this goal and who you need to BE in order for it to materialize, the next fundamental secret is what will you DO so that your resolution will become a reality. In our office, we look at our health, and even our life for that matter, within three distinct domains:
o BE FIT: To move your body daily so as to pursue health. When we seek out and make health our focus and priority, then looking good, being a healthy weight and feeling great are the result. Our bodies were designed to be moved everyday with whole body movements. It is essential that we train our bodies for strength, flexibility, endurance, agility, power, cardiovascular strength, and stamina.
o EAT RIGHT: Eating foods that are wholesome and nutritious is essential to being healthy. What are the foods that give you energy versus the foods that rob us of energy? To be more alive than dead, you have to eat foods that are more alive than dead. If it comes in a package, doesn’t grow on a tree or in the ground or move on land or water or air, then don’t eat it. Basically, to be healthy, we need an abundance of foods that whole and in their natural form. Processed foods or foods made by man are not healthy.
o THINK WELL: We must talk to ourselves and surround ourselves with positive, empowering conversations in order to be well. For many of us, if we talked to our friends the way we talked to ourselves, we wouldn’t have any friends! Take time everyday to give thanks for that which you have, which you have learned and the people you share life with. Affirm yourself and be kind to your self through daily rituals.
But there is a FOURTH element for GOAL MANIFESTATION that is more than essential if you want 2017 to be distinctively different and we call this CONNECTION.
o CONNECTION: Connection can be defined as accountability from another human being or beings. Connection is having someone other than yourself who will motivate you each day and leave you feeling inspired.
Connection is creating a synergy with one or more people so that TOGETHER everyone achieves more than you could have accomplished on your own. Connection is at the foundation of making Kanata the healthiest community in Canada because together everything becomes possible.
We define a movement as a group of people who share a mission and are willing to challenge the status quo so that the world changes. The mission that we share is one where our community will become one of the healthiest places to live in our country and the status quo that we will challenge is the conditioned beliefs of society about the inevitable health challenges that we will experience.
With this being said, those of you who are in attendance represent the founding fathers and mothers of making Kanata the healthiest community in Canada and I feel honored that you are in support of this cause. But we need more people to join and your efforts are essential to have this manifest.
Can you imagine if this 100’s of families from our community were reading this where they learned these secrets, consumed these incredible foods, and enjoyed being in the company of one another.
Making Kanata healthier has nothing to do with ONE individual person, but rather each of us individually. Therefore, in order to expand the CONNECTION element, please introduce this movement to the people that you care about most, join in a bigger way and help with new initiatives, blog posts, social media updates, and make sure that you are in attendance at all of the meetings.
The Fourth Secrets deals with Self Actualization or in other words, what do you want to HAVE? I need you to be specific with regards to what you are looking to achieve in 2012. What will you look like, how will you be living, what changes will have taken place, and literally SEE yourself as the byproduct of someone who ACCOMPLISHED this feat. Self-Actualization is an extremely REAL psychology because you convince yourself that the achievement has become your reality.
Now that you have clarity of your WHY, you know who you need to BE and what you need to DO, and you can already see yourself as someone who has made their goal a reality, it is time for the FINAL SECRET which is an acronym that I want all of you to really focus on right now. Clear your head, put any of your life stresses behind you, and listen to these four words which are:
CSWS…CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP!
When these first four secrets become part of your conscious state, nothing will stop you, especially when you make the choice, the decision, and the commitment to yourself that NOTHING will stand between YOU and what you are looking to achieve.
So – the next question I have for each of you on the line is – What’s next for you? What will you do with all of this information? Well here are the choices that you have as I see it…
Your options are:
1) you can do nothing…that is a choice but if you are still reading this, I assume that is not an option for you.
2) Will you take this information and make 2017 YOUR year? Work through these 5 steps in the next 24 hours. Write them out on a piece of paper. Photocopy it and keep a copy in your bathroom, your car, your wallet, on your phone and look at it everyday. Then act on it each day and focus yourself on what it is that you want.
So there you have it – the 5 Steps to Turning your resolutions into a reality! To recap:
1) Identify your why – this is the most critical step. Without a why, you have no direction.
2) Be – Be the person you need to be to make your why happen
3) Do – do the things necessary
4) Have – we often want to have the things show up in our lives, but the fact is we can’t unless numbers 2 and 3 are in place.
5) CSWS – the pursuit of excellence in anything requires a constant and never-ending improvement attitude. We must work to be 1% better everyday.
There you have it! 5 steps to turning your resolutions into a reality. I hope that you found that this was of value to you. If you have questions regarding any of the 5 steps, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to answer anything at all.
So that’s it folks. Again, thank you for being here and I look forward to seeing you all soon!