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The Key To Stick To Your Goals Is About Making Lifestyle Changes

The Key To Stick To Your Goals Is About Making Lifestyle Changes

Consider the millions of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions in January. It’s safe to say that thousands – if not tens of thousands – have already given up or failed at their goals. Studies reveal an alarming majority of goals go unmet. Things can go awry for many reasons, but a common thread among botched goals whether related to health, fitness, finances, personal growth, etc. is the short-sightedness of the person setting them. The most transformative goals will come about by making lasting lifestyle changes.

4 Health & Fitness Lifestyle Changes To Make This Year

Goals related to health must be specific to your own physical needs. It’s not enough to say “I want to lose weight.” Your health needs may be lowering cholesterol, or blood sugar levels, reducing symptoms of anxiety, treating depression or wanting to lose fat and gain muscle. Whatever the goal, be specific and apply these lifestyle changes for a far better chance of reaching it.

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Replace versus Eliminate – a quick way to stumble on your way to your health goals is to cut something ‘bad’ and not have a ‘good’ equivalent ready to replace it. For instance, if you have decided to eliminate cow’s milk, explore alternatives (i.e. almond, cashew, soy, or coconut milks) until you find one right for you. Too many limitations will be restrictive and punishing.

Create Variety – switching things up will keep goals interesting and motivating. If you work out at the gym, consider trying a new class or take your exercise outdoors. Change up the fruits and vegetables you buy each week. Gradually pushing yourself out of a comfort zone can introduce you to new passions and new friends who live the lifestyle you’re trying to create.

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Support System – it has been proven that support inspires success. If you don’t have a partner or close friend working toward the same goals (or at least cheering you on), find support! There is a myriad of social apps geared toward just that with like minded people sharing frustrations and encouragement. Outside of the digital world, connect with people wherever you find them – clubs, teams, groups, cooking classes, etc.

Remove Temptation – seriously consider your biggest weaknesses, the ones that derail your best efforts… now eliminate the temptation! Do you stress-binge on cookie dough? Toss your refined flour and sugar. Does your gym time get taken by social media surfing? Delete the apps.

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3 Ways To Experience Personal Growth & Financial Gains

Typically, the new year brings to mind resolutions focused on physical appearance, but an increasing number of people are setting out to remodel their inner-self or change their quality of life. Goals in this arena can be more abstract (“I want to be a better person”), but if you want to measure your success, be specific about what you want to achieve and consider these lifestyle changes.

Track your progress – in matters of personal improvements, journaling is key. This doesn’t limit you to pen and paper with, “Dear Diary…” Instead, find what works for you – that may be a sketch book or one of many amazing online journaling tools. If tracking your finances seems daunting, find something that helps you budget, meet goals, and save. Try a top budgeting app (like Mint, PocketGuard, Wally, GoodBudget, etc.) or explore what your bank offers.

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Simplify – setting out to achieve big results (finding happiness, confidence or self-sufficiency for instance) will mean letting go of the small things. Take steps to simplify your life wherever you can. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can make progress when trivial things are set aside.

Professional Help – especially if your goal is something you have struggled to achieve for years, don’t hesitate to get professional help! An empathetic therapist or clever CPA would be well worth the investment if it allows you stick to your goals and create the life you want.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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