Did you write down your 2014 resolutions? Loose leaf & pen, Maybe Word Perfect, or Reminders on your Smart Phone? Mine are on a mangled piece of loose leaf with a grocery list on the back. Doesn’t matter what the list looks like, this year I’m going to stick to them (something 90% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions fail to do).
How? I’m testing (with high hopes) something I read in Prevention by Dr. Pam Peeke, Healthy Living Coach, called “In The Moment Self-Mastery.” What is it? Well, instead of looking at the daunting long-term goals, I’m going to relish the moments when I feel pride and strength from resisting temptation which may derail my short term goals. Because, the short term goals are the building blocks to the long-term achievements. So, in other words, appreciate your Strength from withstanding a craving or Pride when working out when you REALLY WOULD RATHER drink wine and watch House Hunters International.
Peeke states that really enjoying the “of the moment” small win will keep you motivated and should eventually lead to a long-term goal achievement.
To summarize the concept, it’s taking your long term goals, breaking them down into more achievable short term goals and breaking the short term goals down even further into moments of strength.
I often talk about how much I love using my new Color Wrap Collection Count Me Healthy Bracelets. Yet another use would be to count the moments of discipline and self-mastery. Decide on the magic number (say 10) of self-mastery moments to reach your short-term goal.
When you hit that magic number, treat yourself to a pedi, a new lipstick or something non-food related that doesn’t cost a fortune. Look for more New Year, New You posts on Spring and Chelsea all January long. – CC