During this time of year, many of us are either creating new year’s resolutions, feeling anxious about them, or trying to achieve our goals. In this episode, I want to share my personal mindset on new year’s resolutions and how I stopped writing them to reach my goals more efficiently.
Before we begin, take a moment to write down your new year’s resolutions or at least think about them. Consider goals like losing weight, getting a raise, eating healthier, or overcoming binge eating. Pause the episode for a moment to do this. Okay, now let’s dive in.
One common issue with new year’s resolutions is that they are often shallow and lack clarity. Simply writing down what we want to achieve is not enough. We need a clear plan of action that is sustainable, maintainable, educational, and enjoyable. This is where many crash diets fail because they focus on quick fixes rather than long-term change.
Instead of repeating the same dieting patterns and expecting different results, we need to understand why previous diets didn’t work and make necessary changes. For example, if you want to lose weight, focus on improving your relationship with food, learning to eat confidently, and enjoying a balanced lifestyle. It’s important to shift from a mindset of restriction to one of learning how to include the foods you love while still seeing progress.
Another problem with new year’s resolutions is that they can lead to feelings of unworthiness and self-doubt. It’s crucial to trust ourselves and believe that change is possible. Negative thoughts and emotions are normal, but we can acknowledge them, process them, and let them go. Rather than relying on external validation, we should focus on understanding our own emotions and practicing self-care.
To overcome these challenges, we need clarity on our goals and a deeper understanding of what needs to happen to achieve them. It’s not just about losing weight or reaching a specific number on the scale. We should consider factors like improving our relationship with ourselves, healing our metabolism, and finding balance in our lives.
To achieve long-term change, it’s important to invest in ourselves and seek sustainable solutions rather than quick fixes. This may involve seeking professional help, such as therapy or working with a coach who can provide guidance and support.
Ultimately, success is not just about reaching a goal, but about the person we become during the journey. It’s about showing up for ourselves, learning to navigate negative emotions, and embracing both physical and mental well-being.
So let’s shift our perspective on new year’s resolutions and focus on creating lasting change. It’s time to let go of the dieting mindset and embrace a healthier, more balanced approach to achieving our goals. Remember, it’s not about perfection, but progress.
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As we wrap up this episode, I encourage you to reflect on your goals and take the necessary steps to make them a reality. Embrace the journey, trust yourself, and prioritize self-care along the way. Remember, you are capable of creating the life you desire.
Thank you for listening.