Friday, January 3, 2014

You May Be Whatever You Resolve To Be

This is a quote that greets and challenges cadets entering the barracks at a premier military institute in Virginia.  Resolve.  Resolutions.  See where this is going?

I resolve to take a 10 minute walk at lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  That is a specific, measurable goal.  It even has a built in back up plan – if it rains on Monday, you can do Tuesday and if you have a meeting on Wednesday, you can go on Thursday.
Resolutions should either be very specific or very general.  It is the middle, vague ground that is prone to fail. 

Specific goals look like this:  I will eat a serving of fruit for breakfast at least 5 mornings a week.  I will eat slowly and mindfully while seated (not in the car!), without distractions, paying attention to every bite.  I will take a yoga class every Monday night.

General resolutions have themes, like this:  I will have an attitude of gratitude.  I will eat more mindfully.  I will be more active throughout the day.  These are positive themes you can choose to live by.  They become your mantra, your modus operandi, your style.
Either way, try these tips as you resolve: 
  • Write them down.
  • Put them in a place where you will be greeted and challenged. 
  • Place reminders in your calendar.
  • Post a note to yourself on the inside of the door you exit every day. 
  • Put sticky notes on your mirror, on your dashboard, and on your computer screen.
  • Ask a friend to hold you accountable. 
  • Set yourself up for success.
  • And the ultimate motivator:  role model wellness for your kiddos.

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