As you attempt to negotiate the maze of New Year’s resolutions, there will be many things that you are now going to attempt for the first time, such as losing weight, kicking a smoking habit, or phasing out unhealthy lifestyle choices that confront you in your daily life. The task may seem daunting – but that’s why you need a theme song!
Every hero has one: Indiana Jones, Superman, even Shaft. This is very important because in this new year, you need to be your own personal hero. My particular theme song is “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled. It’s a catchy little number and may not be to your taste, but you must have something to inspire you. Every time you hear your theme song, you’ll be reminding yourself of what you need to be doing to reach your goals. Picking an appropriate theme song is just one of the myriad things you must do on your quest to greatness.
The next nugget that I can offer is that you must surround yourself with positive people, at all times. Your friends and family can be your best allies or your worst enemies. Someone telling you that “Just one cigarette won’t matter” is the worst thing that any one can do, and it can be the catalyst that destroys all of your good work. Be wary of this toxic talk.
Another very important concept is to realize that you’re running a marathon – not a sprint. Don’t try to lose 12 pounds in a month. Set a realistic goal to lose 1 or two pounds a month, so in 12 months you will have lost 12 or more pounds; in two years, you have lost 24 or more. These are very small, but very important goals that you need to document in your “Success Journal,” which you must keep on a weekly basis to celebrate these small victories.
I also suggest that you make a “Dream Board.” Look through magazines and cut out pictures of what you want to achieve either by changing your lifestyle or diet, and paste them all on one poster. Hang that collage in plain view on your bathroom wall or your refrigerator and look at it every day. Next, I want you to write these words, that I got from my readings of Dr. Christiane Northrup, on a piece of paper and tape it to your bathroom mirror: “I accept myself unconditionally right now.” This daily affirmation should be said out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror every day for 30 days.
I guarantee you that with these tips – and the right theme music – you will be a hero to yourself and your family by the end of the year and beyond.