First of all, I hope you had a warm, safe and and fun New Year holiday. Yes, it’s 2014 and although I can have almost any product appear at my door in two days via Amazon Prime, I’m still waiting on my hovercraft and teleporter to arrive. Perhaps next year.
As you likely already knew, the beginning of each year not only brings a symbolic close to the one before, but it brings with it a chance to turn over a new leaf, do something different, or tackle a goal that’s been waiting in the wings (or suppressed) for too long. Whether it come in the form of a resolution (which I feel is synonymous with “something I won’t be doing 30 days from now”) or a more formal plan of attack, I’m a fan of any milestone that drives even potential positive personal change.
Regardless of any large-scale plans you have for 2014, I would love it if you would also weave some “small steps” into what’s going to make you a better, healthier, and happier version of yourself in the new year. Pick 3 to 5 small things you can do that won’t feel like significant actions in isolation, but when strung together can make a meaningful difference. Things like…
- “No stairs in 2014”
- At least 48oz of water/day in 2014
- 100 sit-ups/50 push-ups/day in 2014
- A 20 minute brisk walk during lunch 3 out of 5 days in 2014
- No going back for 2nds in 2014
- Resign my membership to “The Clean Plate Club” in 2014
- Run a 5K, 10K, mudder, 1/2 Marathon, full Marathon, RAGNAR, or some other event in 2014
- Spend more time outside in 2014
- No “Drive Thru” in 2014 (this is possible by the way)
- 50 Jumping Jacks during TV Commercials at least 1/Day in 2014
- Connect with a dear friend you haven’t spoken with in a while in 2014
- …add any of 1,000,000 other small steps you could come up with here as options.
It’s not about the magnitude, it’s about stringing together good decisions that when combined will make you healthier in mind, body and/or soul. String enough of them together long enough, and before you know it you will have changed how you operate, in a good way, without feeling that “cold turkey”, mountain-to-climb, heavy feeling that makes it seem like the changes are fighting your natural behaviors, desires, etc.
I wish you and yours the best in 2014, and hope that it’s a launch pad to a healthier you. Cheers!
Small steps add up!!!