As part of the new plan for a new year on the blog, this is the first of Aria's posts on holistic healthy living. Pragmatic and New-Year's-Resolution-hating me loves this post for its honesty and realistic attitude, and I'm sure you guys will find it useful, too!
It’s hard to believe another year has gone by, placing in our hands a new season, a new beginning. Welcome to 2015, friend. You made it. It’s a crisp-blank-page of a new day, and you’re holding the pen. Let’s revel in that fact for a moment.
Before you set out on changing your life, you’ve got to first establish some rules for yourself that will help these changes be sustainable. I’ve provided some examples:
- If you wouldn’t say it to someone else, don’t say it to yourself. Guess what? You are valuable, beautiful, desirable, and capable. End of story. Give yourself a break.
- Be willing to give it time. Long-term lifestyle change is going to take time…Possibly a lot of time. Don’t expect to see immediate results, but be willing to give these steps time to take effect.
- Allow space for laughter and failure. You may fail a few times. Don’t let failure be the end of the story, but identify what went wrong and adjust accordingly. Laugh, because it’s not over!
- Be honest. During the process, you may be confronted with uncomfortable memories, feelings, and conversations. Things can only stay stuffed down for so long, so work through them now and be honest and kind with yourself and others about what you need.
- Remember you can only change you. Only you can control your behavior, and your behavior alone. Flourish by taking control of your own life, and allow others the freedom to do the same.
Now that you’ve established the ground rules, its time to observe. You probably know which areas you have trouble in. They’re those areas you ponder before you slip into sleep, promising you’ll do better tomorrow. Before you set goals, take one to three days to simply observe your own behavior, because in order to change and reach your goals, you must behave differently.
Alright, you’ve heard it before. Achievable goals are specific and measurable.