‘Health, wellbeing, and vitality are a mindset, mental clarity and health are vital to gaining physical fitness.’
New Year Resolutions – Are You Setting Yourself Up For Failure?
Making New Year resolutions is inherently hopeful and optimistic, and many are unsuccessful at making them stick. My personal preference is to set intentions on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Checking in on them on a regular basis and adapting them as I move through growth and development.
Recent studies have shown that 43% expect to fail their New Year resolutions by February, one out of four quit within the first week, most will have quit by the end of January, and only 9% see their resolutions through to succession. *
So, how do you ensure that you are in the 9% who succeed not only in keeping your resolutions but in making fitness a lifelong habit? Through my work with Pilates, energy and sound healing, I have gained an understanding of how to stay consistent with workouts by being more connected to mind, body and soul.
In order to follow through with goals and intentions, you will at some stage need to bypass the unhelpful thoughts, limiting beliefs, and self-sabotage that will inevitably come up to distract you and attempt to steer you out of alignment. This applies to all decisions, goals and intentions, regardless if they are fitness, lifestyle, personal or work related.
There are some simple things that you can do to help you stay on track with your intentions. Over the course of this mini series of articles, I will reveal to you some simple tools that I have implemented into my life to help me stay consistent with whatever it is that I want in my life. I have broken these down into seven steps – clarity, releasing expectations, intention, awareness, knowledge, connection, and gratitude, that will have you looking forward to your workouts!
“Every Moment Of Our Life Can Be The Beginning Of Great Things” – Joseph Pilates
Expectations are a product of our thoughts and imagination when we believe or predict that an outcome is going to be in a particular way. If it doesn’t turn out that way it can result in disappointment and frustration, which can lead to overwhelm and procrastination.
What we have going on in our minds has a direct impact on how our body performs. If we have set an expectation that is too big or too hard we will most likely be setting ourselves up for failure.
Approach each workout with an open mind and a grateful heart. Make your goals and targets flexible, and adaptable. When your workout does not go quite as you planned, it is your body giving you feedback. Take notice of what is happening and what you are feeling, observe and create awareness, accept it for what it is then release it, and move on.
Intention setting is an effective way to focus and bring yourself into the present. It isn’t necessarily a measurable goal but a feeling or vibe, something that you want to be rather than achieve.
Prior to your workout set an intention or affirmation. Keep it positive, inspiring, and uplifting, for instance, ‘I invite my body to guide me through my workout without a plan or expectation’, or ‘I appreciate my body and will smile throughout my workout’, or even ‘I focus on my breath and how it nourishes and energises my mind, body and soul’.
This is a simple, uplifting, powerful tool that you can use in all areas of your life, raising your vibration, energy, and motivation.
I began my first article with gratitude…if you only have one takeaway from reading my articles then I hope that it is daily gratitude. I keep a gratitude and evidence journal, which I write in daily. This is singularly the one thing that regardless of what I have going on in my life that keeps me connected and in alignment with my truth and with the universe.
Start with a daily gratitude journal, write it rather than type it. It takes 5-10 minutes depending on how many things you have to be grateful for. Don’t force it and don’t overthink it, just sit with the intention to feel grateful and allow the pen to flow.
My Gift To You
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I hope that you are finding this series of articles helpful, I would love to know if you have had any takeaways or even implemented any of the tips that I have given you so far. Please do comment or get in touch, I would love to hear from you.
About The Author
Karen Eccles is a holistic movement and wellbeing specialist. Through her knowledge and experience, and working with Pilates, energy and sound healing, Karen enables clients to understand their bodies by creating awareness and increasing their self-confidence so that they feel a sense of physical and emotional freedom.
To learn more about Karen or to book a discovery call please visit www.pilatesfromwithin.com or IG @pilatesfromwithin FB @pilatesfromwithin