I love the week between Christmas and New Years. It’s a great time to dream about what I can accomplish in 2016. But it’s also a time to look back and see what worked, what didn’t, and move forward. I don’t set resolutions, but I do choose a motto for the new year. I also look at what I want to KEEP, LET GO, and BEGIN in the next year.
KEEP Tracking — Okay, I did let the tracking go over the last couple of weeks, but I’m going to keep tracking my food, my treats, and my activity.
LET GO of excuses — There will always be more to do in re-establishing my organizing business here in Pennsylvania. I will let go of the excuse that I’m too busy, or that I’ll just finish this or that before I go to the gym or for my walk.
BEGIN asking — Whether it’s asking how a meal is prepared or asking for additional support on my journey, this year I’m going to ask more questions and make more requests.
What will you Keep, Let Go, and Begin this week?
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Surround yourself with people who support positive behaviors.
Make connections with others. Don’t go it alone. I’m not just talking about losing weight, I’m talking about life. Make the effort to surround yourself with others who will laugh with you, cry with you, and make the healthier choices with you.
Build the right tribe – one reader shared how her work group hosted a salad buffet at an all day meeting; inviting everyone to bring one salad topping to share. This was in place of the usual boxed lunches and snacks. Turns out, not only was it a healthier lunch, but people spent more time talking and connecting with each other.
Find the right tribe – there are a lot of online groups that enjoy the same interests or experience the same challenges that you have; you could join one of them. Make sure you aren’t just lurking at what others post. Share your own comments and make the connection to your new tribe.
I’ll admit though, I prefer live and in-person groups the most, which is why I will always belong to a Toastmasters club. Why do I feel Toastmasters (an amazing group focused on developing better interpersonal communication and leadership) is the right tribe to support positive behaviors? Because at Toastmasters we always cheer each other on. We support each other in growing, stretching, and expanding. I’ve seen the self-confidence that shines through after a fellow Toastmaster pushes his or her comfort zone out an inch or two.
If Toastmasters isn’t an interest, what about checking out groups focused on gardening, sewing, racing, running, photography, advancing the status of women (Zonta), or anything else you might enjoy doing.
Remember the goal is not just to live longer, it’s also to live happier, and being connected to the right tribe can make both of those more likely.
Listen to the “founder” of Blue Zone on TEDx talk about how to live to be 100+
Cut back on your screen time (television, computer, phone, tablet, and more) and you’re more likely to increase your face time.
Look in your address book and schedule some time with a friend who lifts you up and encourages the healthier choices (more laughter, more movement, more enjoyment of the moment, and more down time). Make it a routine event now rather than waiting for life to slow down later. Later rarely comes.
Speaking of building a social community to support positive behavior — that’s exactly what these paperwork parties are: a group of individuals spending time together and supporting the positive behavior of getting our paperwork done instead of leaving it hanging over our heads.
You could also ask a friend over to do paperwork together, but it that’s not an option (or wouldn’t be productive) join my Paperwork Party.