There’s something powerful about the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one. A sense of opportunity abounds, and there is a feeling that the slate can be wiped clean and a new beginning can take root. To accomplish that, we often set new year resolutions for things that we like to change, but we often lack the tools and motivation to really make those things happen. We may end up frustrated and with a sense of failure at not having achieved what we set out to do.
This year, go beyond resolutions and take some extra steps to create your new reality. Language is so important here; it’s not enough just to list those things you want to change, but instead create affirmative statements as if those changes have already taken place. Often we don’t believe that we CAN accomplish our goals, so stating them affirmatively helps to imprint our message into our neurological system which then begins to make real changes in our attitudes. In creating your statements, try to determine what has kept you from making these changes in the past and incorporate these reasons into your affirmative statements.
Some examples would be:
Instead of saying “I want to lose 10 pounds,” say: I enjoy preparing and eating just the right amount of delicious foods that nourish and satisfy me completely.
Instead of saying “I will exercise every day,” say: My daily workouts fill me with energy and vitality.
Instead of saying “I will spend more time with family and friends,” say: My friends and family are a valuable source of support for me and spending time with them is a priority.
Instead of saying “I will quit smoking,” say: I am […]