It is an awesome feeling when you get up the gumption to decide to change your life! When I feel inspired to do something different I get a rush like falling in love. Here’s what usually happens to me: I have a new burst of energy start working feverishly on my project; for a couple of days I am completely devoted. If my project gets stalled or takes longer than I expect, normal life begins to creep back in and my excitement begins to wane. I might even start to rethink my decision to take on the project in the first place. Finally I come to a decision point of whether I will continue or give up. Sometimes I continue and sometimes I give up. How I make the final decision to go or not go on comes down to the strength of my desire to change my life. Sound familiar? As you start to think about a goal for the new year, spend some time really understanding if you have a burning desire to make this change in your life. Are your reasons for making this resolution going to carry you through the times when you are questioning yourself about taking on this goal for the new year? This type of discernment shifts basic goal setting to setting a powerful intention for your life. Once you have that motivation deeply imbedded in yourself you are already a long way to achieving your goals.
Let me give you an example. One of the most common goals is to lose weight yet many don’t achieve this goal. If you pay attention to the success stories shown on the news the people who have achieved their goals always have a burning desire fuelling the goal and they remember that desire through the action process, especially in moments of self-doubt or frustration. Choosing a personally important goal like to have enough energy to play with your children, or to be able to sit in a airplane sit without feeling ashamed of your size can be a motivating force to move you to keep your commitment to yourself and continue to lose weight.
In addition to motivation there are a few practical steps to consider before you take on your goal. The first step is to define your goal. It might seem obvious however the more clear you are about what you are trying to achieve the more likely you are to achieve it. Think about the tangible parameters of your goal. What is your goal? When do you want to reach it? How will it feel when you achieve it? Let’s continue to use weight-loss as an example. How many pounds do you want to lose? What is the dress or pant size you want to wear? How will you feel and look when you get to your goal?
If need be, educate yourself about your goal. If you don’t know the proper portion sizes for food do a little research. If you don’t know how to cook healthy, yummy meals buy a simple cookbook that will teach you or look up recipes on the internet for healthy meals. For weight loss, educating yourself about food and nutrition is extremely important. Another strategy for weight loss is to educate yourself about moving your body or exercising in some way. So if you like to dance, find a dance studio and take a class or hula hoop.
Now that you have a goal identified and have educated yourself about it, it’s time to sit down and map out a plan. This is a crucial step in the process of fulfilling your intention. Decide what you are going to do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to achieve your goal. Perhaps you will cook all your meals on the weekends and freeze them so you will have correctly portioned food available every day of the week.
Now that you have a map for achieving your goal, review your progress on a consistent basis.
Make sure you are spiritually or emotionally ready to achieve your goal. Whenever we make changes in our lives there is always something about the change we can not anticipate. Be aware that even if you are changing for the better there may be unexpected emotional stumbling blocks that come up so you are prepared to handle them or get help to do so.
Have a support team set up before you begin manifesting your intention. Find people who are really on your team and want to see you succeed. Call on them with your triumphs and your failures. Support is important for your success; don’t underestimate it!
Hold big intentions and goals for yourself this year! Have a burning desire to achieve them and follow the steps to make them happen. The new you will be glad you did!
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“Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Daemon Jones is a Naturopathic Physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a General Practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE). Dr. Dae provides tailored treatment to meet the unique needs of every individual she sees in her practice. She also provides specialized support for persons challenged by nutritional deficiencies, weight problems, hormonal and reproductive system disorders, attention deficit disorder and those experiencing chronic diseases. Dr. Dae is an adjunct faculty member for Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts. She is the author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living. Dr. Dae is a featured chef with www.myfoodmyhealth.com. Dr. Dae is a regularly featured writer for the Elite GoogleNews Website empowher.com where she shares her personal and professional vision for living whole and living well. To learn more about Dr. Dae, her products and services, please visit her on the Web at www.Healthydaes.com.