3 Concepts That Will Revolutionize Your New Year's Resolutions!
The concept of adding versus restricting - If you try to take away the things you enjoy it will make for a very unpleasant experience that will result in you wanting to revert back to your old ways. For example, if your new years resolution is to stop watching TV or eliminate sugar from your diet or to avoid bread and pasta, this will be a big adjustment that will not be as sustainable. Instead, think of ways you can have healthier alternatives for the things you want or add healthier options first. For example, add a 30 minute walk on a treadmill before sitting down to watch TV or even better, walk while you watch your favorite show. If you enjoy sweets, opt for natural sweet treats or add a big green salad before you eat that cookie, bread or pasta. This gets you to incorporate healthier habits that will eventually help you limit and avoid the unhealthier habits over time. Taking away things, especially those that bring you joy, is not inspiring because it's telling you what you can't do versus what you can do. When making a change, it should be something that is compelling and exciting to you instead of something you have to force yourself to do.
The concept of abundance versus scarcity - Abundance is focused on what you want to create rather than on what you don't have in scarcity. We live what we believe. So if we have limiting beliefs of what we can accomplish we will never accomplish the task. If you change your mindset to that of abundance then you will manifest it. Putting energy towards something that you want to have in your life, whether that's good health, a relationship, a specific job, etc. moves you closer to obtaining it. We block happiness, creativity and gratitude when we are in scarcity and desperation. But when we are in a state of gratitude and abundance, it is very difficult to be fearful, upset or negative. Just changing language from "I wish" to "I have" or from "I can't" to "I will" is subconsciously altering your mindset from that of scarcity and limitation to that of abundance and inspiration.
The concept of progress versus perfection - The way that people feel happiness is when they have a feeling that they are making progress. If we can make progress on a regular basis we feel better, we experience a sense of accomplishment and we feel as though we are taking steps forward in the right direction. It's not about working on changing your life but more on how to improve it. Let's say your goal is to clean and organize your entire house this month. If it's the end of the month and that task isn't accomplished you will automatically feel as though you failed. Now if the focus was on the progress you have made, even if the goal wasn't completed to perfection you will still have gotten further than expected and made a dent in the task. If we strive for perfection, we will fall short and become discouraged but if the focus lies on progress and improvement, we appreciate the small wins during the journey.
These 3 valuable concepts are great for making lasting changes in all aspects of your life. You have the power to determine your success; the ability and the power to make decisions that will inform the outcome of your life. No matter what your current condition is and how far from your goals that you think you are, you have the power to decide to change it. It just requires being strategic, realistic and optimistic so you set yourself up for success from the start.