Lifestyle Changes for 2014 – Part 2

In our last post we spoke about how to get going on lasting changes in any area of your life you want to improve.  This article will give you suggestions on how to continue successfully:

Find support:

Whether you want to band up with like minded individuals, or ask your family or friends to cheer you on, it is important to keep up the encouragement. Emotional support plays a great role in any endeavor, much more those that “cost” us something.

Be forgiving and flexible:

If you are a perfectionist, your worst enemy will be guilt. Disarm this fiend by becoming flexible. On a diet? Got invited you out for dinner? Don’t refuse, choose a low cal dinner instead, and enjoy the company.  Stress at work, and you drank that Dr. Pepper you had vowed not to touch because you want your body off caffeine? Don’t worry about it, and move on.

Celebrate milestones:

Remember the stickers and certificates we gave/give our children to motivate them to keep going? Being a responsible adult, stickers likely won’t do it any more, but even as adults we thrive on compliments and recognition. Reward yourself with an appropriate action or gift when you have achieved a goal. Make sure, of course, not to sabotage what you were working for, ie. if your aim was weight loss, going out to dinner would not be the best choice! But how about going to the movies? Likewise, if your goal was saving money, your reward should not based on spending money, etc.

Remain dedicated:

Don’t give up at the first sign of a hindrance or set back. Don’t fear them, don’t even anticipate them, but if they do come, keep going. You can do it!

Last but not least:

Don’t be afraid to change:

This last point may sound strange or maybe even funny, but in all your desire for change there may come a point when you find that the choices you made really do not suit you. They were good thoughts, but that’s as far as it went. It did you more harm than good. Then – it is time to take stock and – change again! This may sound obvious, but determination at all cost has been taught to some as such a virtue that it may be hard to see when it’s o.k. to stop and start over. Learn from what worked as well as what didn’t work and, grab a pen and paper and jot down the first three things that come to mind…


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