Resolutions? Word of the year? Intentions? Goals? SMART goals?
Psychological studies show that 8% of the population will stick to their resolutions past January 31st of the same year. Recent trends include picking your "word of the year" The words I have seen in exercises are largely positive like "peace" or "prosperity", but not very specific. The words of the year are forgotten quicker than the newly purchased gym memberships.
REWIRE YOUR BRAIN TO SUCCEED IN 2016
There is a better way, and I want to show you how to create intentions that rewire your brain to a mindset that will succeed in 2016. If you missed my free gift on how to set powerful intentions for 2016 CLICK HERE.
DECLUTTER YOUR MIND
Take out the negative thoughts, fears, and the "yeah buts...".
Let me use an example of a goal that I created that I am sure many of you share. I need to lose weight I gained in the fourth quarter of 2015 while traveling around the country speaking and on vacation for the holidays.
Fear and negative thoughts may show up like,
"who am I kidding trying to lose weight at my age?"
"I don't have time to go the gym, I am traveling three times this month for speaking engagements"
How do we de-clutter the mind? Try this writing exercise, answer this question. What are all the obstacles and fears getting in the way of you accomplishing your intention? Write them all down until the chatter stops in your mind. Then burn the paper.
BE POSITIVE, CONCRETE AND SPECIFIC
I wrote this entire process in my guide on "Setting Powerful Intentions for 2016", and it bears repeating.
1. BE POSITIVE
I had a friend state, "my intention is to stop dating emotionally unavailable women." Well if that is how he is labelling the women that show up in his life, what is going to going to show up on January 1st? Emotionally unavailable women. Instead, the rephrase is, "I am setting an intention to meet emotionally available single women".
Other common negative intentions:
"I will no longer struggle to lose weight" instead try "I am obtaining my goal weight with healthy new habits".
2. BE CONCRETE
We got a lot of intentions sent to us of people stating "I want to be healthy" or "I want to be happy". Those are very positive, but not very concrete. Concrete is tangible or material. The opposite of concrete is abstract. To say "I want to be healthy" is abstract. To say I want to be healthy by lowering my cholesterol and blood pressure to normal levels is tangible.
3. BE SPECIFIC
Being concrete and specific are not the same things. Specific is in relation to particular or individual. The opposite of specific is general. A general intention is, "I want world peace". A specific intention is, "I want to promote world peace through providing access to schools and education to all young children living in poverty around the world".
START WITH THE FIRST STEP
Just start already. One step. What are some examples of micro-actions to take?
Write down your goal.
Share your intention with a loved one.
Choose to invest in your health. I am surprised by how many people will invest in their car, their wardrobe, or spa services- but hesitate on spending money on health. Don't wait for something in your mind, body or spirit to go wrong before you decide to fix it. That is the traditional disease method of health. Instead invest in your personal health and wellness.
Hire a personal trainer, nutritionist, certified health coach or a therapist.
You got this!
What is one simple step you are ready to take now? Write it below in the comments.