When it comes to making conscious change, laying the foundation is key. Many people look to the New Year as a time to change behavior, but most resolutions are discarded almost before they've begun. Much of the problem can be attributed to thinking too big. Of course big goals are amazing and achievable but they must be broken into smaller pieces. We know this, even practice it daily but somehow choose to ignore it.
Consider this: you woke up this morning with a to do list, whether you wrote it down or not. At some point you will realize this list is too big for one day and you begin editing. What can you not do today, this week, indefinitely? What makes the cut? What goals become a priority? Is taking better care of yourself one of your goals?
We often confuse self care with selfishness, push ourselves to the bottom of the list and suddenly discover years have passed. Instead of setting your self up for another resolution defeat, why not start now? Lay the Foundation by thinking about what taking care of yourself means to you. What do you want to do? Move more, eat better, stress less? If your answer is all of the above, choose the most interesting, motivating pursuit. Move more? Why not try taking a walk, 15 minutes 3-5 times a week. Eat better? Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal. Stress less? Try spending five minutes daily meditating.
What do these things have in common? They are simple. So simple they don't seem like enough but you are laying the foundation. If you begin now, when the New Year rolls around, you will have a fabulous head start on your bigger goals. At the least you will have reflected on what you value. If we remember that all habits begin small, we can acknowledge that big change begins before we know it. Look at any big change in your life and ask yourself how long it took to get there? Degrees, jobs, relationships. Most develop over time with small changes consistently pursued.
Don't edit yourself from your own to do list, instead lay the foundation for a healthier you.
WOW: Website of the week-
Check it out for an introduction to meditation in 2-20 minutes.
They do have memberships but there are many free options. Let me know what you think?