(NaturalHealth365) Do you know the top 3 New Year’s resolutions? Most people want to lose weight, get more organized and spend less/save more – as some of their greatest wishes for the New Year. Unfortunately, most fail. So, let’s talk about how to succeed.
Most people fantasize about how they want to be ‘different’ in some way. Different from the way we are now and just waiting for January to make that ‘resolution’.
Most of us suffer from too much of something – whether it be consistently making the wrong food choices, or consuming too much sugar, or we suffer from an over-worked life, tension, anger, or too little of something like money, freedom, joy, patience, or the all evasive LOVE so many of us seek.
Don’t become a ‘New Year’s resolution statistic
Jay and I have been married for 33 years, and I can’t tell you how many New Year’s Resolutions we have seen go awry, and fail within the first week. I have personally seen many people fall from ‘grace’ – so to speak. In fact, there’s nothing worse on our psyches than to break a well-intentioned New Year’s resolution.
The fall becomes worse than the actual promise. So I have watched, listened and learned why some people fail, over and over again, and why some people achieve long-term (lasting) success. Let’s look at what it takes to become successful at changing our lives for the better.
Transforming our lives is really not about willpower. It’s a process!
In reality, we are actually making a promise to ourselves that we won’t overeat or choose the wrong kinds of foods, or behaviors. Maybe we simply want more joy in our lives. First, we need to ask ourselves – how did we get to where we are now? In other words, how did we get to be 20, 40 or more pounds overweight, or how did we become diabetic or weak in spirit, mind and soul?
The truth about our current situation revealed
Our ‘current’ life didn’t happen overnight. Our lives get created over many years of choices we made that has taken us down that road, the road most of us take, yet as the famous expression goes, how many of us have traveled down the road less taken?
I would venture to say few…. because, truth be told, it takes more than just willpower to transform our lives – so that the resolution we make actually take form and sticks.
It takes several actions for our new journey of transformation to take place. It requires virtues many of us don’t incorporate into our lives.
5 great tips for a successful New Year
Have a little patience. In our world today, patience is not something we are accustomed to any longer. If we want a book, we don’t have to wait a week for it any longer, we can get it instantly. If we want food, we don’t even have to get out of our car – we can just drive up and get it.
If we want to watch a movie, we can choose from thousands, and watch them instantly on Netflix. Patience means being kind to yourself. Patience means that it’s a process of being gentle towards yourself, loving to yourself and fully knowing you will reach your destination – no matter how long it may take.
The value of prayer or meditation. We need help from a ‘higher power’ to help us accomplish our resolutions. We must have a deep desire – in our heart – so that it can manifest in our lives. But, without the help and guidance of a higher power – it can be much more difficult.
Using prayer can help us be more accountable, either in the morning or at night, to our mishaps, mistakes and weaknesses we endured the previous day. And, when we fail, we have prayer to cleanse our spirit. This helps us become new – everyday.
Don’t forget to be mindful. We must notice the decisions and actions we make during the day. We must watch how we react to stressful situations. Do we grab a donut to help us overcome the hurt, or are we so bored out of our minds that we need something sweet and good to eat to help us get out of the doldrums?
Let me ask you – do we react to tensions in our home by eating good tasting foods because it’s the only way to overcome the anxiety of it all? Mindfulness is about watching and witnessing our behavior so we can learn why we have become out of balance.
Make a commitment to yourself. If we don’t set a goal and see that goal (read below) – we won’t have a road to travel down for success. Commitment comes wrapped inside a lot of packages. Within commitment we have discipline, determination, willpower, pledges, promises and responsibilities.
I like the word commitment because it feels to me like it’s a higher promise than just willpower. Commitment is promising yourself that you are going to fulfill your goal. It means this goal is a promise you are making to YOU and only you. A ‘sacred’ promise that cannot be broken.
Take advantage of ‘future thinking’ or visualization. We need to create, in our minds, this new self and this new life we want. It may take a long time to achieve, but it can and does happen.
It’s very important to visualize this new you. Imagine how you will see yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror as you see yourself. How do you look when you visualize this?
This is very important – work on your visualization skills. Before you wake up in the morning or before you go to bed at night is a great time to visualize.
This year is YOUR year – take full advantage!
There’s a road that few of us courageously choose to take. While we are traveling on that road – we naturally gather these virtues in our hands and integrate them into our heart and mind, implementing them as we travel, like blossoming flowers.
Then, by the time the road comes to an end, we see that it truly has been a process of integration and that being kind to ourselves, patient, committed, along with being prayerful, we have arrived!
Progress gives us strength, fortitude and vision. Visualizing yourself being healthy, and perhaps thinner than you are, joyful and present in the moment, and awake and alive – all belong to you – they always have.
All of these virtues are within yourself and all you need to do is to begin to walk this path, gather up these virtues (begin to integrate them) as you progress on this path, because this path belongs to us all.
It’s called ‘life’. This new way of life is not something you buy. It’s always been in you, but it’s a part of you that has been deeply covered up.
We have found that if you start to juice – on a daily basis – these goals and resolutions seem easier to achieve. I don’t really know why, but it works. I think it’s because the juices start to cleanse our bodies, and help us wake up from the dream world we have been living in – as we dream to be a better person, yet the dream cannot manifest without taking sustained right action.
So, take action and start juicing and you will see a new you arrive at your doorstep sooner than you could ever imagine. And when that doorbell rings and you answer it, you will see a new you, the you that has been lost inside for many years! When you embark on your new juicing regime, all these virtues we speak about will come easier to you as well.
Try our ‘New Year’s resolution tonic
We recommend 1 liter per day, without fail.
4 cups spinach or parsley, kale or Swiss chard
4 ribs celery
1/2 beet with its greens
1 inch fresh ginger root (or fresh turmeric – if you have it)
2 limes – without skin or 1 lemon – without skin.
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About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com
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