Happy & Healthy New Year to our #Fearless family! Around this time last year we posted a blog about the importance of ‘resetting vs regretting’ and a few tips to get you on track for the New Year. The tips are still—and will always be—very relevant to anyone who simply wants to ‘clean house’ mentally, emotionally, and physically and take the simple and sustainable steps to make your efforts pay off big time.
After several decades in the health and wellness field and first-hand experience dealing with thousands of New Years resolutions made by patients & clients, there are a handful of tried-and true, sensible, and effective strategies for making a change—for both the short and long term. Here are 7 proven strategies for change in 2020.
1. Pinpoint the “What and Why”
If and when you decide to make a change, you must first understand why you’re making the change in the first place. Start by identifying what is important to you and why. The process of change is solidified by something that enhances your quality of life, your sense of self, and aligns with your intrinsic values.
2. Be Accountable
First and foremost, your greatest chance for success relies on your self reliance and perception of self. You, above all, have to be your best ally and be accountable to yourself. After all, any desire for change must come from within—not from an external or outside source. It is noble to want to change for someone else’s benefit, but you will always perceive the change as just that. Instead, refocus once again on what YOU need to change for YOU.
3. Take it Slow
Just as our #Fearless philosophy for adopting a keto lifestyle is one that emphasizes a gradual approach to lowering carb intake, most people respond better to a “baby steps” approach to change. Your mind and body will thank you, much as we humans resist change in general. The less overwhelming the response is to change, the more likely we are to adapt to it.
4. Keep it Steady
Once you’ve started whatever “change” you’ve committed to, consistency is key. I’m a firm believer in the saying “It’s what you do consistently that counts”. And this is where the importance of setting realistic AND sustainable goals is a strategic prerequisite for change.
5. Surround Yourself With Support
A strong support network is a priceless asset and one that is critical in helping you stay—or get back on—track through the most challenging and stressful of times. The more your family, friends, and peers are made aware of your efforts to achieve a specific health goal, the more apt they are to provide positive feedback, advice, or even guidance if and when this is needed.
6. Stay positive
Celebrate your wins—big or small—daily. Learn to be your own strongest advocate. Don’t underestimate the beneficial impact of regular pats on the back and self-talk therapy This “can do” attitude will be a highly effective strategy with lifetime value.
7. Invest in YOU
Hands down, your most valuable investment should be in yourself. In tandem with the fundamental strategy of believing in yourself, self-investment virtually summarizes the most critical component of your life goals and optimizing your quality of life. We all spend time and energy on what we believe are life’s important investments—our families, careers, our homes. But when it comes to making the most fundamental investment of our lives—that is, ourselves—we seem to fall short. Your body and mind deserve to be nurtured and empowered just as you would want to empower and nurture that special someone in your life.