HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE! Fuck the begrudgers — 2015 is going to be your best year yet!
This is my favourite time of year. Like most people, I feel motivated and energised to make positive changes in my life. I have visions of washboard abs, bulging bank accounts, and a home that runs like clockwork.
However, contrary to what some will say, visions aren’t enough to get you across the finish line… or even to the halfway mark. You need to have a plan.
So here’s what you’re going to do:
You’re going to sit down and think about what’s really important to you. Write a list of all the things you want from life, and then prioritise it. There’ll be plenty of things you want, but there’ll be very few things you’re actually willing to work for and to sacrifice for.
Take, for instance, my washboard abs dream. Sure, I’d love them. But am I willing to cut out all sugar and to do several hundred stomach crunches a day to achieve it? Nope, not even close. So definitely not a priority.
And my bulging bank accounts… Am I willing to start scrimping and saving every cent just to say I’ve an extra few hundred in the bank? Am I willing to spend hours listing my belongings for sale online just to make a few extra quid? Am I willing to work more hours? Nope, nope, nope.
So stop lying to yourself.
A good way to do this is to look at resolutions you’ve made and didn’t keep in previous years. [*cough* giving up chocolate *cough*]
But enough with the negativity. Here’s what’s going to work for you:
It’s gonna be nigh on impossible to be the best at everything, but you can always be better. You’re not going to be the healthiest person in the world (who is?!), but you’re going to be healthier than you have been thus far. You’re going to be fitter, stronger, richer, and… more organised… (‘Cause sometimes ‘-er’ doesn’t work.)
How do you do it? Baby steps. You’re not going to suddenly turn vegan overnight, but you can commit to throwing some lettuce on your sandwiches, to eating an extra few pieces of fruit a week, and to swapping one glass of wine/beer/fizzy drink for a glass of water.
You’re not going to turn into a world-class athlete overnight, but you can commit to occasionally walking instead of taking the car, to doing a few jumping jacks while waiting for the microwave to count down, and to doing a few push-ups or crunches every now and then.
You’re not going to be the world’s richest person, but you can commit to making one extra mortgage payment this year, to removing one item from your trolley at the supermarket before checking out, and to calling around for cheaper quotes when your insurance is due for renewal.
So forget vague resolutions about being “healthy”. What does that even mean? Instead, you’re going to be healthiER. Healthier than you’ve ever been. And how are you going to do it? That’s up to you, but remember to keep it small. There’s no point aiming for five servings of fruit and veg a day if you currently barely manage one, or thinking you can give up coffee if it’s currently your favourite fix.
Long story short, you’re going to be better. And with very little effort on your part.
Ready to get your shit together? Pop back tomorrow to start your journey.
See you in 2015. 😉