Ah, New Year’s resolutions. Whether we officially declared them, scribbled them hopefully and intentionally in our journals, or secretly professed them to ourselves, a good majority of us will have made at least a handful. The one that seems to top the list most often? “This is the year I get healthy.” Fantastic! The start of the year, you’re champing at the bit, fired up and ready to rock. Easy breezy. Then months later and suddenly you find yourself aimlessly meandering about, not sure where to go from here. The eagerness to take on a new fitness regime has faded, you’ve gotten tired of preparing your meals every single day and, damnit, you’re jonesin’ for that latte you swore off in the beginning of the year. Suddenly those seemingly rock-solid resolutions have dissolved. Oops.
Let’s re-ignite those wonderful intentions with a little more practicality and tangibility, shall we? Because let’s face it: fervently scribbling “I want to get healthy and fit” on a post-it and sticking it on your mirror probably won’t work for the most of us. Instead, I want you to ask yourself this:
1.) What does being healthy FEEL like?
Lightness, perhaps? Ease? Effervescent bubbly-ness? Peaceful calm? At the end of the day, we’re chasing the feeling we associate with health (or success, or any other goal we strive for). As Danielle Laporte says, we’re chasing the feeling behind the goal, not the goal itself. Defining how we want to feel is the most potent way to create juicy clarity in our lives and move forward towards that which we long for the most.
2.) How will you know when you, you know, get there?
What will be your markers? Often, we need something tangible to measure results. What will be your goalpost, that sign you’ll come across on your own yellow brick road, that will let you know that you’re accomplishing your goal? Maybe it’ll be a significant drop in your blood pressure levels, you’ll be able to fit back into your favourite jeans, or you won’t feel the need to dose yourself with caffeine to simply get through the day. For some, health is being able to run 10km with ease – for others, it’s being able to run around the yard with their kids. We all have our own idea of what health looks like for us: define it on your own terms, not anybody else’s.
3.) What activities will you be doing? What will it LOOK like?
So often I hear people saying, “When I get healthy, I’ll go to yoga classes/eat a salad every day/go for a run rather than watch a movie/meditate in the morning.” To which I reply, why not start all those right now? Every day, ask yourself: what would the healthiest version of myself do right now? Would she start her morning scrolling Facebook, or laying out her yoga mat? Would she choose to honour her body and make herself a nourishing meal, or grab a muffin from the corner store? Make decisions based on your loving intentions, rather than your current habits. Start doing all those things you’ll do “when you get healthy”, right now. Yes, today. Go do the thing! (You can do it, really, I believe in you.)
As you start incorporating these new, healthier habits into your life, you’ll slowly see your reality shift. Suddenly, you’ll notice the gap closing, as you increasingly begin to resemble the best possible version of yourself (the one you’ve been dying to meet!). After all, she is you – simply with a select few different habits. 2015 is just kicking off. We’ve still got a whole year of brilliant, magical, comfort-zone-busting moments ahead of us (how exciting is that!?). How will you choose to shimmer and shine this year?
Onwards and upwards,