It's that time of year where you feel pressure to create New Year's Resolutions. While I do think it's a great time to pause and reflect, I don't think there's anything magical about January 1st. I reflect on my goals and where I'm headed at three transitional times throughout the year: the start of summer, the start of fall/school, and again for the New Year.
Of course, you can change your life, or choose a new dream at any point in the day or week. There's nothing special about January 1st, or the start of a new month, week or day. You have the power to take the first steps toward creating the life of your dreams whenever you want.
I've covered this topic a lot on my podcast, so if you're ready to make some changes in your mindset, health or fitness routine, you might like the following episodes:
New Year's Resolutions are Bogus. Are you a fan of resolutions? Do you focus on the resolution you set much longer than January 15th? Most people make it a few weeks in and fizzle. Listen to this episode for another way.
What's Your Word? Last year I did an episode focusing on how to choose a word of the year, how that word can guide your decisions throughout the year, and how optimism helps us achieve our goals. At the end of the episode, I shared three ideas for personal or family projects that you can use to develop optimism.
How to Create Habits that Stick. Jim Rohn said, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” We can do a lot of things when we feel enthusiastic and motivated, but eventually motivation wanes, and it comes down to the strength of our habits. Willpower is limited, and by the end of an exhausting day, when we are tired from working and making decisions, our willpower isn't as strong. This means we need additional tools to help us be successful. In this episode, I share four strategies you can use to develop new habits that will serve you as you chase your dreams this year.
Could Your Beliefs About What is Possible Be Holding You Back? Limiting beliefs are beliefs that you have that hold you back in some way. They limit your potential, often, because you are not even aware you have a belief that affects your behavior in an area of your life. Your beliefs direct your behavior. So, if you embrace something that you believe to be true, it becomes a reality. Could your beliefs about who you are, and what is possible, be holding you back?
Tiny Habits to Transform the Trajectory of Your Life and Running. You don't need to make grand, sweeping changes that will have everyone talking. Just like the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the race. No matter what you want to accomplish, small changes in a variety of areas can bring big results. For my runners and triathletes, I share six areas where small changes can make you stronger and faster without running a single step. We'll look at: nutrition, sleep, hydration, strength, mobility and mindset.
Training for Life (Not Your Next Fitness PR). It doesn’t matter what you are trying to achieve—whether you’re training for a marathon, trying to get that promotion at work, working on getting your first paid acting job, or just needing to finish a report at work so you can go home and enjoy the weekend… You must train for success. You don’t always need to put in more hours or hustle harder to land that promotion or take your career or fitness to the next level. Training for life is all about making smart choices that will energize your body so you can perform your best.
It's Not the Goal, But Who You Become. This episode was originally a mid-year check-in on goals. I talked about setting goals, missing the mark... and suggest that the real value of a goal is who you become in the process. Crossing the finish line in a race isn't nearly as important as the way you change, physically and mentally while working toward that goal.
Structure Your Life for Fitness Success. If fitness is important to you, you owe it to yourself to make it a priority in your life. We talk each week on the podcast about the benefits of exercise, so you know by now that you are a better parent, partner and employee if you take the time to exercise because it gives you more energy and boosts your brain power, not just clearing away brain fog, but also making it easier to learn new things. With that in mind, this episode includes strategies you can use so exercise isn’t always the first thing to get bumped when your life gets busy.
Mindset Shifts to Help You Rise. There are so many things we resist - or that we accept as truth - just because things have always been done a certain way. This episode looks at 12 mindset shifts that will help you improve your performance in life, at work, and as an athlete.
Why a Vision Board Can Help You Achieve Your Goals. Let's do a little dreaming, which is critical if you want to achieve big things. When you are stressed, your body and mind just don't have the space to tackle new things. So, the first step is to chill. Next, consider the power of the vision board for helping you achieve your goals.
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