As the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2014, millions of people lifted their glasses and toasted to a new year with new resolutions to which they swore to follow. “One drink/piece of chocolate/cookie/a million other things won’t hurt me.” But giving in one time turns into ten times and before you know it, you are no closer to reaching your goals and in fact, you may be further behind than before. This scenario has already played out for me twice thus far; but for the past week, I have pushed past temptation and ignored ailments and negative thoughts. The hardest hurdle for me to jump over when working out and eating healthier is reaching four days in a row. If I can push myself on day five to work out and avoid unhealthy foods, I look forward to extending my willpower to day six.
I ombred my roommate’s hair last night for four long hours, applying dark brown to the crown of her head and bright red from the chin down. Over these four hours, I felt productive and skillful which inspired me to write about how something as simple as dying your hair a different color or several colors can be exciting and refreshing, helping you accomplish resolutions and goals that the old you couldn’t/wouldn’t. You can also use this tactic to motivate and reward yourself; once you have worked out for x days/months in a row, treat yourself with something that you have been craving or wanting to do. Try using these tips to push yourself closer to your resolutions:
- Reward yourself to frozen yogurt instead of ice cream at the end of every successful workout week. Frozen yogurt has a load of healthy benefits but use caution with size and toppings! http://bit.ly/1bKZWek
- Get a manicure or pedicure–What could be better than a stranger massaging your hands, legs and feet making them soft and beautiful?
- Buy a new form-fitting top to show off your progress at the gym and your newfound abs
Whatever you are working for or toward, just keep your imagined result in mind and repeat to yourself, “I am the only one who can make this vision a reality”.