Why I Stopped Making New Year’s Resolutions…

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Happy New Year! It’s 2015! I can’t believe it. It seems like 2014 flew by. First off, I just want to take this time to tell you how much I appreciate you. I know your time is valuable and hopefully you have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy what I have to offer. I try to come from the heart and offer insights based on my own personal experience. Which is why today, I’d like to address New Year’s Resolutions. 10348596_10203050103604592_2510653650768517687_n

Have you ever actually stuck to any of the resolutions you have made? I know I never have. January 1st comes around, and I sit down with my journal, and excitedly write down all of my goals for the year… and then never look at them again. I don’t even remember half of what I wrote down last year! Well, there’s a reason New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick.

One of my favorite authors, Wayne Dyer, explains it this way: When you make a New Year’s Resolution, you are asking yourself to make a year-long commitment, which is extremely difficult!  Say you want to lose 20 pounds this year, so to do so, you resolve to give up sugar. You’ve basically just told yourself, “I’m not going to eat sugar for an entire year.” That’s just setting yourself up for failure, because honestly, who can do that?! Then, the moment you do eat sugar, you give up your resolution, attributing it to some personality weakness or character flaw. News flash: There’s nothing wrong with you! You just set an unrealistic expectation.

Instead, Dr. Dyer recommends attacking goals in a day-to-day mode. Instead of saying, “I’m gong to lose 20 pounds this year,” tell yourself, “I’m going to walk 20 minutes today.” Or, “I’m gong to drink 64 ounces of water today.” These mini goals are much more doable, don’t you think?

That’s why this year, I’m committing to, “One Simple Change.” In the coming weeks, you will hear much more about this, and I invite you to join me! Every month, I’m committing to One Simple Change. This month, I am gong to stretch for 10 minutes a day. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I’m giving you 30. Imagine, taking on one new habit a month. That’s 12 new healthy lifestyle habits by next year! Imagine where you will be in 2016!

Happy New Year!!!

PS. Now I want to hear from you! What One Simple Change you are you taking on in January?

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2 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Making New Year’s Resolutions…

  1. As always, love this Jamie! I totally agree – it feels much better and more doable to make one small change at a time. This month I’m going to eat what makes my body feel good in smaller portions, with lunch as my main meal. I’m so ready after all of the holiday binging and this feels very easy and joyful. Thank you Jamie!

    • That’s so great Tanna! Keep me posted on how it’s going!

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