What is the secret to increasing personal energy? I reveal the answer in this YouTube clip.
The answer also reflects what’s true of many at the beginning of a new year: a commitment to change. I’ve asked one of my favorite guest writers to return to offer insight on this topic. I’m pleased to present the following blog written by Adrienne Thoman. You can read her work on teamwork by clicking here.
During the final moments of 2011, the ball dropped in NYC, the last verse of Auld Lang Syne concluded, and I embarked on another annual tradition… creating my NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS. Yes, each and every year I create a lengthy list of goals for the coming 12 months. Some are noble (Eliminate credit card debt and finally make Suze Orman proud); some are not (re-watch the entire 7 seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
So what happens in March (yes, sometimes even February) that derails me from these goals? For one reason or another, I’ve lost my motivation. Here are a few tips that I use, and that might help you, to keep you working well into 2012.
1. EXPECT CHANGE. If everything could stay the same, you would have already reached your goal. So something has to give. It may be that you need to get up an hour earlier so that you make time for your favorite Zumba® Fitness Class (with me!). You might have to pass on the spring bowling league so you can take that cooking class. The point is that things will be different, and that is GREAT! “Different” is what is going to lead you to reach your goal. Remember, “the same” didn’t do it – so try something new!
2. ASK FOR HELP. I learned this one the hard way. I’ve tried a wide array of diet fads and home programs, but each time my success was short-lived. What really changed for me was getting the courage to ask for help. For you, this might show up in a variety of ways – perhaps you take a budgeting workshop to learn how to manage your finances or find a mentor to help you move to the next level professionally. It can be scary, but do it anyway! Individually we are limited. But by working together, we can truly accomplish anything.
3. BELIEVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE. Sounds simple, right? But this is the hardest one! I had a new gym member in my Zumba® Fitness Class today – His goal was to exercise more and lose some extra weight. Before the start of class he said to me, “We’ll see how long this lasts.” Now, did he really believe that he was going to achieve his goal? The same goes for you! Put the negative self-talk AWAY, and truly envision yourself in your new reality. We are all capable of so much more than we think we are. Believe it and you WILL achieve it.
- Create a goal poster – Final visual representations of your goal (i.e. a pic of your child to remind you of the many healthy days you will share when you quit smoking). Put it someplace where you will see it… every day.
- Positive affirmations – Tell yourself every day that you are making it happen. And say it like you mean it! NO: “I will be so much happier when I lose weight” (that’s still negative). INSTEAD: “I look and feel great because I’ve taken control of my health!”
- Do something toward your goal every day. Trying to learn Spanish? Even on your off days, commit to learning just one word. Even if you slack all year, you’ll still have 365 ways to say, “I DID IT!”
Adrienne Thoman works as a Marketing & Public Relations Specialist for HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College. She also moonlights as a licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor in the Central PA area. Comments/questions can be directed to Adrienne at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/ZumbaAdrienne.