9 Daily Questions To Make Your New Years Resolutions Stick

With the end of one year, and the beginning of another, there will be a flood of people resolving to get themselves in shape.

This is nothing new, and just like so many other years, 2012 will see a ton of people fail to meet those goals. Why is this the case? Why do so many people start off strong, then fade away and never achieve what they set out to?

I believe that it has a lot to do with the fact that most people only address one aspect of fitness. People focus only on their body, but nothing else.

The 9 questions here are designed to be asked every single day, and they address mind, body, and spirit.

Addressing a person as a whole is the only way to make a goal stick, and these questions will help you do just that.

Addressing The Mind

First, let’s start with the mind. There are two key questions you should be asking at the end of every day. They are:

  1. Did I learn something new today?
  2. Did I allow my mind to have quiet time today?

Every day, we should be learning something new. This is what makes life exciting and interesting, and makes us grow. Strive every day to learn something new.

It could be a new exercise, and new nutritional technique, or something more academic. Whatever you choose, learn something new daily.

Conversely, the mind shouldn’t always be moving. Allow your mind quiet time to rest and recharge daily, even if it is just 10 minutes.

Addressing The Body

Of course, if you want to get in great shape, you will need to make some diet and exercise changes as well. Ask yourself these 5 questions every day:

  1. Did I eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables?
  2. Did I drink at least 8 glasses of water?
  3. Did I get enough lean protein?
  4. Did I avoid “white” carbs?
  5. Was I physically active?

People simply do not get enough fruits and vegetables. Of your five servings that I suggest here, I suggest that at least 3 are colorful vegetables.

Water is so important, yet so many people are walking around on the brink of dehydration. Skip sodas and energy drinks—they only make the problem worse. Water is really the only liquid you need!

When I say “white” carbs, I am referring to the refined version. Things packed with sugar and preservatives—most of which barely resemble actual food. Get your carbs from more natural sources like the aforementioned fruits and veggies and leave the twinkies on the store shelves!

Lastly, you must be active. Exercise can be as simple as a walk in the park, playing with your kids or dogs, or an intense bodyweight training session. The choice is yours, just be sure to get up and be active every day!

Addressing The Spirit

This is not a discussion about religion, nor a suggestion to get involved with one. The two questions regarding the spirit are simply ways to refresh and recharge your batteries. They are:

  1. Did I spend time with loved ones?
  2. Did I pursue my idea of spirituality?

Spending time with friends and family that you love is great for your health. In fact, research shows that laughing with loved ones and having good social support actually extends life.

Finally, whatever your idea of spirituality is, pursue it daily. It could be prayer, meditation, or something else. Whatever it is, make it a part of your every day routine.

Make Your Resolutions Stick

These 9 simple questions will help you stay on the right track, and make 2012 your best year yet!

Good luck to you in the new year.

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