What’s stopping you?

Happy New Year

It’s the 1st day of the 1st month of 2018 and it’s also a Monday.  If ever there was a time to start afresh, then you really need to look no further.

As the year begins, we think about new resolutions or goals.  We often say something like “this is it, this is my year” and we believe it – for about a week!

If we look back at last year, you probably had resolutions or goals.  Lose weight.  Get fit.  Stop Smoking.  Be more productive.

So what happened?

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If we are honest with ourselves, we usually know how to achieve these goals.  We will know how to eat healthily to lose weight; we will know some exercises we can do to get fit; we will know the various ways to stop smoking and we will know that perhaps spending less time on Facebook will help with our productivity.

So what happened?

What’s stopping you?

As you write down those resolutions and those goals, be honest with yourself.  Are they the same as last year?  If so, why did they not happen?

Write down the reasons why you did not reach that goal or keep that resolution.

Then think carefully about how you can address those reasons if/when they come up this year.

So if losing weight is your goal and it was the same last year (and the year before), what has stopped you achieving it?

Was it an off plan meal that then became an off plan day, that then became an off plan week and then a “oh let’s forget about it”?

Was it that you felt like you were giving up too many things you enjoyed?  So it felt like a punishment?

Was it that you rewarded yourself with food as a way of saying well done for getting through a shit day?

How can you change the way you react when these things happen again.

Could you agree now that an “off plan” meal will just be a one off bad meal, not a cue to go off the rails totally for the next week or two?

Could you agree now that when you think about the sacrifice you are making and are ready to tuck into that chunk of chocolate/cheese, you say “do I want this more than I want the goal?”

Be honest with yourself.  You know yourself and your likely responses better than anyone.

What can you do to stop stopping?

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