How is your New Year’s resolution to get healthy going?
Did you know that most New Year’s resolutions are broken by as early as January 18th?
As a clinical hypnotherapist who helps people in the areas of stopping smoking and weight management, it has always been interesting to me that the busiest time of the year isn’t the first few weeks – right after resolutions to change have been made – but the last few weeks of January when the resolutions have been broken (yet again) and the idea that maybe something deeper needs to shift begins to become apparent.
I want to introduce to you one of the biggest buzz killers of our annual get healthy resolve – YOUR TO-DO LIST – and where you put your healthy new goals on it. If you can shift your mind around this one thing, you can get back going with your healthy New Year – I promise!
THE DREAM OF HEALTHY CHANGE DIES FAST IN THE FACE OF JANUARY’S REALITY
One reason our “get healthy” promises are vulnerable to die an early-in-the-year death is that we make our starry-eyed resolutions during the holiday season when we have been out of our overwhelming day-to-day life and duties. Our brain has had some down time and we can think BIG.
We imagine how good it will feel to exercise 5 days a week. We muse how much slimmer we will be when we shop every week and have healthy food at home to reach for. We know how much saner we would be if we took 10 minutes a day to meditate! We make the promise to ourselves to make that happen.
Then we get back into our day-to-day life. Our to-do list starts getting longer and all of those wonderful dreams of being slim and healthy are put to the bottom of the list—basically tossed to the curb along with the holiday wrapping paper and dried-out pine tree.
- “I’m too busy to exercise this week!”
- “I didn’t have time to shop for healthy food so I went thru the drive-thru!”
- “How can I meditate when I have to walk the dog, feed the kids and get ready for work?”
LIFE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST
Chances are if you have been struggling to get healthy you may have the deep unconscious belief that “I have got to do everything on my list and take care of everyone and then I will have time to take care of myself.”
So, if we are truly to achieve our health goals—it would then go to figure we need to:
- Start to challenge the belief that our health comes behind everything else on the list.
- Adjust our to-do list accordingly
1) CHANGE YOUR PERCEPTION OF YOUR HEALTH AND ITS IMPORTANCE ON YOUR LIST: I invite you to see that your health is the thing that you experience all of your life through. Your health is what others also depend upon to be in place in order for you to be of service to them. Your health allows you to bring your best “you” to all you do and all the people in your life. Your health makes everything else on your to-do list possible…get the drift? YOUR HEALTH SHOULD BE #1 ON YOUR LIST – ALWAYS.
2) OBSERVE YOUR TO-DO LIST WITH NEW EYES: Consider that the overly ambitious inner list maker in your head is not run by you, but by old beliefs and myths that do not even belong to you. Often the beliefs that write our to-do list come from our parents, our culture and society at large, that’s right – your to-do list doesn’t even belong to you!
So start to challenge that darn list. Ask, : “Why is washing the dishes more important than going for a walk after dinner?”
Is that item on your list really that important to do now, or does it just seem that way? What would happen if you shopped for healthy meals before posting your vacay pics on social media? Would the world end?
Ask of everything on your list, “Why do I think doing this is more important than my taking care of myself?”.
Maybe in a new light, as you go through your list, all of those seemingly urgent items now become less pertinent compared to your feeling good in your body because you are making healthy choices and exercising.
By challenging those old beliefs you start to break them up in your deeper mind so that your new and healthy beliefs can start to grow.
3) PUT YOURSELF AND YOUR HEALTH GOALS AT THE TOP OF THAT TO-DO LIST
I am going to ask you to do something really uncomfortable to your subconscious mind: put your health goals at the top of the list and take some of the other things off your list and put them on the list some other time.
The more you start to look at your to-do list as an advocate for yourself and your health the more some of those other “to-dos” will start to fall away as you see them as way less important that your being your best you.
Once you start creating to-do lists that truly support you won’t even need to put health on your New Year’s Resolution list next year—because “Get healthy and release weight” will be crossed off your list.
So just to review:
- Challenge where your health goals are currently on your to-do list.
- Take a hard look at your current to-do list and challenge the things on there and their importance in relationship to your health and well-being.
- Adjust accordingly.
Have a great and healthy 2018 – where you actually achieve those healthy resolutions!!