Image by sirwiseowl via FlickrBy Angie D Green
This final week of December is wonderful - a time to slow down, spend time with family and friends, and rejuvenate before the year ahead.
The frenzied pace of the holidays has slowed a bit as the presents have been unwrapped and the cookie trays emptied. We begin our annual tradition of looking with anticipation to the fresh, new year ahead and go about the business of making resolutions for 2012.
Not so fast, though! Before you move forward this year, take some time to reflect back on your life in 2011.
Do you even remember the resolutions you made last year? Did they fade away as January turned to February and winter turned to spring? Do not let that happen to you again!
There are two important questions to ask yourself:
1. What did you do well in 2011?
It is important to recognize the steps you did take in improving your health and wellness. Did you learn how to count calories, join a gym, or take a new fitness class? Every step we make along our journey to better health is an important one, even if our path is not a straight one. This is your solid foundation on which you are going to move forward.
2. Where did you fall short in 2011?
It is helpful to be as specific as possible when thinking about where exactly things went wrong with your resolutions. Did you reach a goal weight only to add it back? Did you vow to exercise 4 times a week, only to never quite find the time to fit it into your schedule? Staying focused is a key part of achieving a goal, so where did you lose your focus?
Knowing where you went wrong allows you to correct your course and make a specific plan for what you are going to do differently in 2012. Remember, you are in this for the long haul! True wellness is not a result of some short-term diet, but is instead sustainable for the rest of your life.
Now, close the box on 2011
This week, imagine a box...or perhaps even find a leftover box from one of the presents you received! Place your shortfalls and your disappointments inside. They are like baggage, weighing you down. Now, throw that box away! Releasing this 2011 box lets you engage whole-heartedly in setting your goals for 2012, and reaching them!
I wish for you your best year yet!
Angie Green is a Personal Wellness Coach. Do you know your BMI, Protein Factor, and Resting Metabolic Rate? Schedule your free, 30-minute wellness consultation to learn where you are at now and learn how to get to where you want to be in 2012! Visit http://www.mnwellnesscoach.com.
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