Turn Failed Resolutions Into ReVolutions That Change Your Life

We’re already past that point in January where most of us have abandoned our New Year’s resolutions and feel defeated by our lack of ability to drop those 10 pounds, start that new project, get our marriages back on track, you name it.

Before you get too discouraged though, let me assure you that you haven’t failed and it’s not too late for a re-do. This time though let’s have a reality check and make sure we’re doing what it takes to see real change rather than just pursuing a phantom wish we hope comes true.

What if instead of a half-hearted resolution, we decide to usher in a revolution?pablo-3

What if instead of making a resolution to lose weight, we revolutionized our approach to health and wellness? What if instead of making a resolution to have a better marriage, we revolutionized the way we treat our husbands? What if we stopped giving in to a defeatist mentality and finally revolutionized the way we see ourselves and determined that this is the year we stop saying we can’t and take the first step toward that thing we always wanted to do?

What if?

Merriam-Webster defines revolution as “a sudden, radical, or complete change” and “a fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something:  a change of paradigm.”

So how do we start our revolution?

  1. Make a specific plan and make it a real priority. Let’s be clear on this. Our priorities aren’t determined by what we claim, but by how we spend our time. We may claim that our marriage is our priority, but if spend our free time on Facebook rather than on a date with our husbands, we fool ourselves and nothing changes. However, a complete change in how your time is spent will mean a complete change in what you can achieve.
  2. Find someone you trust to hold you accountable and give support. It will be far too easy to quit if you are the only one who knows the plan. Ecclesiastes 2:10 says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help…”(NLT)
  3. Start today. Mark Twain once said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Procrastination is the great enemy of great things. I tell my children (and myself regularly) that you can’t course-correct a still object. Don’t be afraid of all the what-ifs of getting off course occasionally. That is far better than standing still and getting nowhere.
  4. Get past the past. Don’t allow past failure or disappointment to define you. Failures are just opportunities to learn a better way and grow. It doesn’t matter that you completely blew it up to this point with your children or nearly bankrupted financially. Life is a series of chapters. Learn from the experience, ask for forgiveness if necessary, and write the next chapter afresh.
  5. Keep the end in sight. Yogi Berra supposedly said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Know where you’re going from the start because it will get harder before it gets better. You will reach a plateau and want to quit. But there’s only one thing that guarantees our failure, and that’s quitting. You may need to rest and re-focus, but get back up and get back to work. It’s worth it.

How hard is this? Well I guess that depends on the revolution, but nothing worth having was ever gained effortlessly. But it is not impossible.

You CAN do it!

You’re turn. What in your life is in need of a “sudden, radical, or complete change”? Decide and then start your revolution today.

 

 

Your Best You is a Healthy You

MWM blogger

MWM blogger

Congratulations! If you are reading this, I know you are on your way to a healthier you and I am coming right along beside you, kicking my butt in gear to do what I know I should but haven’t for too long. A healthy mama is a mama who has more energy and more passion about all she does. That’s what I want for myself and that’s what I want for you.

So with so much information out there, how do you know what to do? There are promises everywhere that this trick or that pill guarantees weight loss or this miracle ingredient will supercharge your life. As someone who has studied the body and health since I was a teenager in hopes of fighting off the multiple diseases and obesity that I’m genetically predisposed to, I’ve learned two things:

One, there is no substitute for hard work.

And two, when money is a motivator, be wary of the integrity of information being given. There are definitely reputable companies passing on great info, but it’s wise to determine if truth or profit is ruling.ID-1006315

That being said, there are absolutely tried and true ways to boost health, increase energy, and be your personal best. Our bodies are the most amazing machines in the world and when they are fueled and exercised properly, we will look and feel our best.

Before we get to the do’s and don’ts of healthy living though, we first must start with the right perspective. Our attitude determines our success in just about every arena in life and our health is no different.

The right attitude will lead to greater success as well as greater joy in the journey to that success, so let’s get that right first.

1- Decide you can! It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve started and quit. It doesn’t matter how many pounds you’ve lost and gained. Today is a new day and a new start and I know you can do it.

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Courtesy Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

2- Grab hold of the right goal. Toss the “Get skinny quick” notion in the trash and never dig it out again. Optimal weight is important but optimal health is the goal and when that is achieved, optimal weight follows. So set your sights on the long haul and don’t quit if you don’t see instant success.

3- Be accountable to someone. Accountability is a vital key to every new behavior. Consider this. Suppose your children are learning to play piano. No matter how much they desire to be great, no matter how determined they are to play their favorite song, they will soon lose heart with no one stirring their passion or ensuring they make the effort to keep trying. Tell someone today. I’m telling all of you on the other side of this screen. YIKES!!!

4- Remember, you are uniquely you. I can’t say it enough. Please don’t compare yourself to anyone but you. You are no cookie-cutter creation. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Seek your best body, mind, and heart. It is more than enough.

You are not here by accident. You were made for great things. Your children were made for great things. And I want you to have the strength and confidence to walk in all that you were purposed for.

So here we go. Next time I’ll try to simplify all the info and pick a starting place of great foods to put in your body and some junk to toss out. It’s been said that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I’m taking my single step right now. I’d love your company.