Ken’s New Year Resolutions: A Guide to your Body, Mind and Heart for 2013
This is the time of year when we all think about the changes we want to make to improve our health and happiness. Many people are critical of New Year’s Resolutions, but I like to embrace them and use them as a positive roadmap forward.
Resolutions use the focus, discipline and fighting spirit you’ve already developed from sticking with exercise and carry those assets over into other aspects of your life.
When you exercise your know that all change is possible, If you have done it with your body you are primed to make it happen elsewhere.
With this idea in mind, I came up with the following ten projects that you might think of taking on in the New Year the same way you tackled exercise in past years.
Resolutions For Your Body
- For one day eat only foods with no added sugar. Whether you weigh more or less than you want or are just right, a day free of sugar will get you of the roller coaster of sugar rushes and crashes. You’ll gain extra mental stamina, energy and concentration, plus you’ll sleep more deeply.
- Ask friends, members of your family and your exercise teacher to give you feedback on your posture. The way we stand gets deeply engrained in all of us from early childhood.
For this reason our perception of our stance may not reflect the way you truly look. Get a reality check in 2013, and if your posture is found wanting, consider making serious effort to improve it.
- On one occasion when you’re walking, sitting or standing for some time, try to keep your abs pulled in for 20 consecutive minutes. You already have strong abs from your workouts. Now train them to perform for you all day. This effort will challenge your concentration.
Resolutions for Your Mind
- Banish one bad habit for 24 hours. Whether it’s biting your nails, swearing to yourself at other drivers when you’re driving, watching too much TV — anything — try to do without it for a day.
- Set your cellphone stopwatch to 20 minutes; sit in a chair, close your eyes and meditate until you hear the ring-tone. Meditating is positive work for your brain. One session of meditating can clear out the debris in your mind and begin to firm up your cerebral muscles.
- Decide on one activity or skill you’d like to do better or learn to do. Mull over the idea of pursuing it. This is a purely mental resolution, so you can choose anything that excites your imagination. File it away in your mind where you can call it up later.
Resolutions for Your Heart
- Let someone you have a relationship with win an argument even if you believe you’re right. Your generosity of heart will probably be repaid to you with dividends.
- Holding a grudge? Angry with someone? Is there specter hanging over your relationship with someone you a close too. Forgive and forget. Move past it. In the scheme of things, its insignificant. Life is far to short to be at ends with people who mean something to you.
- Learn the names of all the café baristas who make your drinks. Or if you have a favorite restaurant or dry cleaner—any service establishment, If you don’t go to cafés, take it upon yourself to learn the names either of the clerks at your bank, the cashiers at your supermarket, or the servers at restaurants you attend. Research has found that people have an amazing capacity to learn names if they work at it.
One More Resolution
- Take a moment, count your blessings, then your calories. Be at peace with who you are. Congratulate yourself on being you. Think good thoughts and send positive energy out to those in need. It will come back to you 10 fold.
Please accept my best wishes for the remainder of the holiday season, and for all good things in 2013.