Your not alone. I recently read an article that says just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, this is according to University of Scranton research.
I knew the success rate was low, though that’s even lower than I had imagined! I know that I’m personally not good at setting – or keeping – New Year’s goals. So, if I’m being completely honest, I simply don’t make them anymore. I feel its far better to make small, beneficial changes all year through than it is to come up with a biggie or two at the beginning of each year.
So let’s not aim to win the big New Year’s marathon of self improvement wishes… instead create success with a few small and super powerful changes…
My Best 3 Wins
The 5-Minute Vacation
Take a minimum of 5 minutes every single day to be quiet, laugh or do something you love. Longer if you can! This is designed to give your brain a mini-vacation from the hectic pace of the day. For some people this is being quiet in meditation, for others it’s partaking in a favorite hobby. Even scanning the internet for funny videos, images or jokes will give your brain some much needed time off.
Take a mini-vacation every day.
The 30-Minute Walk
Grab your coat and get outside for a brisk walk. Make this walk last for at least 30 minutes and pay attention to your surroundings, focus on the things you see, hear, feel and smell. Be present. In other words, this isn’t the ideal time to worry about stuff or what you need to get done. If anything, dream and plan. If the weather is awful, find somewhere indoors to walk such as in your favorite mall. Walking is great for strengthening bones, reducing stress and burning fat.
Take a brisk walk every day.
The Probiotic-Rich Foods
What the heck is that your asking?!? This win may be a little harder for some to incorporate, though the health benefits will make every ounce of effort worth it. Probiotic-rich foods are foods that are rich in health-giving organisms whose job is help finish digesting our food, build and rebuild the lining of the intestinal tract as well as are a massive support to our immune system. These foods include cultured veggies, cold Kombucha tea, kefir, sauerkraut and plain yogurt to name but a few.
Eat health giving foods every day.