The New Year has arrived & with it comes resolution season. Every year, 45% of Americans make a resolution. Can you guess how many stick to it? 8%…that’s right, 8%! So instead of making resolutions that are unreasonable, impossible, or just down right ridiculous, why don’t we try some authentic resolutions this year?
Authentic resolutions are derived from your essential self, not your social self (hint: these are the resolutions that typically fail). The essential self is the part of us that holds our unique preferences, talents and desire, making your resolutions much more successful & real.
So how do you create authentic resolutions? Never fear, Kaia is here! Check out the how-to’s to creating a reasonable, Kaia-worthy resolution this year…one you can actually keep!
1. Determine why you you’re choosing your goal
If your resolution is to come to Kaia 5 days a week, ask yourself WHY. Most of the time it will be to lose weight, gain energy, or increase health. Keep digging until you reach the core of the goal: peace of mind, love for your body, happiness.
2. Is the resolution kind & loving?
Make sure your resolution is kind to yourself & those around you. You won’t stick to a resolution that has a negative outcome or vibe.
3. Is your goal focused on the destination or the journey?
Focus primarily on your path, not the final destination. It can seem overwhelming, out of reach, & in the end, easy to give up. Create small steps you can take to reach your destination, but enjoy the journey.
4. Avoid rigid, restrictive goals
Resolutions that focus on rigid behavioral changes can set you up for failure.The problem with these resolutions is that they too often focus on control & lack of self-love. Creating lasting changes in your life rarely comes from force or external motivation.
5. Tune into your body
When you say your resolution out loud, do you cringe, sigh or get anxiety? These are telling signs that your resolution is not for you.
6.Remember that resolutions are optional
There is no pressure to create a resolution. If people ask your resolution, just say you want to spend more time with family, friends, or get more sleep.
2013 is a New Year…it’s a time of growth, exploration & experimentation. Make a resolution for yourself…or none at all! It’s your life & your choice.