At this time of year there is much talk about changing or renewing ourselves as if we are old and not functioning any more. People speak about themselves as if trading in their car when the lease is up or buying a new computer. End of one year and the beginning of another brings with it new hope, new energy and many desires for things that were put off from last year or the years before.
So what makes this year any different? Your attitude? Your enthusiasm? Your determination? Sure all of these attributes will be useful and needed along your journey but what is actually going to get you to start and more importantly stick with the plan? One question I ask the people I work with is how important something is to them. For example when you have an emergency and need to go to the hospital, you don't stop off and get a latte on the way and maybe pick up something you forgot from the grocery store. You drive with focus towards the hospital, because it is important enough to you.
When something is important enough or an emergency we get it done without any kind of hesitation or excuse. We don't take any notice of distractions of any sort and we don't take our eyes off the goal until we are there. It shouldn't be any different when we are setting any important goal for ourselves. It should be treated as an emergency. But most often than not, the goal to become healthy isn't given enough importance amongst all the other things we are doing.
We don't differentiate between health as a lifestyle and health as a once-a-year endeavor, or something we take care of only when we are unwell. That's why our motivation starts strong at the beginning of the year with health at the top of our list and by mid January it is on the middle of our list and by February it's on our list for the following year.
Once health is given top billing in your life and not just on a list once a year, you will comprehend that without a healthy body and mind you won't be able to achieve a life of quality. This way all your choices will be determined by whether something or somebody is healthy for your wellbeing or not. When temptation comes you won't just give in but you won't even be interested because you have set out a standard of health for your self.
Once you have made healthy living your goal and lifestyle all other things and people will start to fit into your healthy schedule. All others around you will also benefit from your example and your healthy mindset and habits will be a great influence on them, too.
Make this the year that you don't just attempt changes but that you start to live the life of quality you have intended to for so long.
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