How to Start the New Year Right – Alternatives to Tired Resolutions
January is here, and along with the excitement of a fresh start comes the pressure of setting a new batch of New Year’s resolutions. If this announcement leaves you with an immediate feeling of defeat, you aren’t alone. Forbes magazine quotes a University of Scranton study that concluded only 8% of us actually keep our resolutions. With odds like that, you may be wondering, “Why bother?”
But what if there was another way? Or at least a different perspective. We can still make positive, life-affirming changes but without the burden of a resolution. Take a step back and look at the big picture – what do you want your life to look like or really who do you want to be? Instead of setting specific end goals, consider revamping your lifestyle to match your vision.
It’s Not Enough to Meet a Goal
Look at it this way. At some point, we’ve all used sheer will to meet a fitness goal, yet more than likely, 92% of us lost our gains. Why? Because we didn’t create a lifestyle to support our new reality. It’s not enough to meet the goal; we need to develop ways to sustain it if we ever want to exit that never-ending wheel of resolutions. Come to think of it, those new year commitments might play a significant role in the way we tend to yo-yo in and out of fitness trends and diets in general. So, for a clear and easier path to the new you, think bigger.
It’s Easier and More Fun to Think Big
We get that a lifestyle makeover sounds like a much larger feat than committing to only one resolution, but hear us out. Let’s say you want to lose five pounds of fat, (who doesn’t?) – it sounds simple enough, but thinking “eat less,” starts the year out with a feeling of deprivation and negativity. Negativity breeds lethargy and maybe even depression, and it’s hard to accomplish much of anything in such a heavy state. As such, it will make junk food and TV sound very appealing, and that’s not going to help you lose fat.
However, reframing the goal from “lose weight” to “enjoy a healthier lifestyle” surrounds you with exciting options and new adventures that let’s face it, sound a lot more fun and positive. This route comes with the creativity of trying new recipes, new classes and making new friends with like-minded interests that result in a fitness tribe to encourage you all year long. It generates excitement that brings about the energy it takes to make good things happen in your life. You’ll likely lose those five lbs. without the brute force, and more importantly, your new supportive life will encourage you to keep it off in a more natural and easy-going way.
This approach is about making smaller, more manageable changes that add up to a bigger picture of how you see your best self. It’s more motivating and infinitely more sustainable. Give it a shot in 2019 with these alternative ideas to starting the new year off right:
Find Inspiration and then Set Out to Learn from Them
Start by looking for inspiration. Who has what you want? Is it a celebrity, boxer, friend or maybe a coach that inspires you? Find a role model or two and then learn all you can about how they live their daily lives. Each one has a routine that took years to cultivate but helped shape them into the person you admire today. Read their biographies, expert blogs and articles for ideas of what to implement into your own life, until you become the inspiration for someone else.
Don’t be afraid to set up informational interviews either; these are great for specific questions. Sure, you might not get your favorite celebrity on the phone, but a friend or sparring partner would be happy to share what they’ve learned. People that influence you have already done the work and blazed the trail. Learn from their experience, the good and the bad, and then apply it to your regular decision-making process throughout each day. Would Muhammad Ali have the fries or the fruit at lunch?
It’s not cheating to hire someone inspiring either. A Gloveworx coach is the perfect contact point because they keep a close eye on the industry’s powerhouses and are consistently learning from the best. They are trained professionals that put in the time and show up knowledgeable and ready to motivate. Find the right fit and then do your part by becoming coachable to soak up everything they offer. You benefit from their education and experience, but also from what they’ve inherited from their own personal mentors and heroes.
Give this Year a Theme
Instead of another repetitive resolution, give this year a theme. Try one word that sums up what you want this year to be about, something like balance. Then remind yourself daily that 2019 is all about living in balance. When you apply this to food, exercise, relationships, work, etc., everything has a way of evening out. Balance will help you lose that five pounds of fat without being obsessed with it. You’ll end up lighter and possibly happier because you haven’t done anything in excess to get there.
This approach works as a phrase too. Think “I am kind” on a regular basis and you really will be, even to yourself. Kind people treat their bodies well. They give it fresh, healthy food, adequate exercise and stimulating mental activities. They enjoy their life and strive to maintain healthy relationships. A kind person is a person that lives in gratitude, and it’s impossible to have a bad year, with that mindset.
Plus, it’s just good karma. As you are kinder to yourself and others, more resources and opportunities open up to you as a reflection of what you are putting out into the world. Like really does attract like, so move in the direction of who you want to be, and you’ll start creating the life that person lives.
Focus on your mindset this year and enjoy the journey. Embark upon a year of change that lasts forever. Do something different and ignore the New Year’s hype, throw out those tired resolutions and the burden they represent and go change your life. Become Unstoppable and be the person you want to be in 2019!