Resolutions are for squares these days. Everyone knows that the majority of people cannot stick to resolutions more than a couple of weeks, if at that. Not only are new years resolutions a waste of time, they can become quite discouraging for people who are trying to get on the health band wagon–lose weight, start exercising, eating healthy–but can’t.
I no longer make new years resolutions after my last resolution (when I was 14, I think) which was to own every single Alfred Hitchcock movie. It’s not that I don’t believe they don’t work or can’t work, it’s only that new years resolutions do not follow a systematic plan that will uncover and reveal underlying issues and get you toward your ultimate goal.
In the case of being healthy, which can mean anything from getting fit, eating healthy, losing or gaining weight, clearing up skin, quitting smoking, start moving–anything that will get your body in better shape–there is always an underlying condition which prevent us from taking action and emodying our goal. Subconscious thoughts and beliefs can prevent us from eating healthy or starting a new exercise program–this is something that a resolution cannot break through in order to achieve optimum results.
Here are a few examples of common health goals, along with examples of subconscious barriers, and how one can achieve them in 2011 without making a single resolution:
We all know we should do it, but the thought of getting up and moving delays our muscles and bones to actually go through with it. Once we start moving, however, and getting “in the zone”, we realize it really isn’t all that bad. In fact, it feels quite invigorating and exciting!
Many people make their new years resolution, “I will exercise everyday.” That’s it. It’s only words, backed by no emotion, no thought or feeling–no motivation. They’re words that can easily be jumbled and forgotten when we return to a hectic world of telephone calls, emails, crying children and work. A resolution cannot break down everyday life.
Resolutions also cannot break down an underlying emotional aspect related to exercise, or getting fit and healthy. In rare cases, people may have a subconscious fear of getting fit and strong, perhaps due to them gaining strength and independence in their lives. Most of the time, if one is truly motivated to get past any subconscious barrier that is holding them back, I find that meditation along with imaginging how it would feel to be strong, to be in control and healthy, and to love exercising and moving the body, works really well and provides that extra push in the right direction.
Making a new years resolution of just “exercising everyday” doesn’t give you a plan on how you will execute this hope. A goal, however, is very different from a dream or wish, because you plan ahead of time how and when you will accomplish your mission. Perhaps you rearrange your schedule so that you exercise for 30 minutes, every day, at 7 AM in the morning, or 4 PM in the afternoon. Everyone else is taken care of while you have that time all to yourself. You can then break up that planning by looking at what type of exercise you want to do every day – Monday: Strength Training and Walking, Tuesday: Interval Cardio (walking, sprinting, cylcing, for examples), Wednesday: Yoga and Walking Thursday: Pilates and Walking (or Joggina or Running) Friday: Strength Training and Interval Cardio…and so on.
Weight Loss and Healthy Eating
As weight rises, as well as the idealized perfectionism that is seen in magazines and television soars, the #1 new years resolution remains the same: Weight Loss. Every one wants to be strong, fit and healthy, but most people just want to lose weight. It is first and foremost important that an individual determine if they really need to lose weight, or if there is an underlying psychological drive to lose pounds to fit a mold in society.
If weight loss is necessary for aqcuring good health, however, making a new years resolution for this is also going to be a pretty flimsy attempt that will probably only result in trying out new diet foods and killing the bathroom scale. Weight loss is very tricky, because not only are you dealing with physical components, like burning fat and increasing muscle, you have to also deal with any emotional and psycholgical disputes going on inside.
People can have an underlying fear of losing weight, or some may have a subconscious belief system that being overweight is their fate forever due to someone planting this idea into their minds at an early age. A new years resolution cannot deal with this. A goal can, as you can first plan out withing the goal of losing weight to find that subconscious belief pattern that is holding you back.
Psychoanlysis may take years, however hypnotherapy does seem to work quite easily and quickly in doing this. In fact, one study showed that hypnotherapy helped people lose more weight quickly, and sustained this weight loss longer, than those using other therapies. I also think that simple meditation and deep breathing exercises are helpful in calming the mind, everyday, and restoring a sense of control–on both the conscious and subconscious levels.
Check out EFT for your new years goals, as well, as this emotional freedom technique is so COOL for dealing with any subconscious debris that might be baracading you in front of your goal. Dr. Joseph Mercola has a free and helpful guide here that you can check out for the beginner.
New years resolutions have no place in my life, or the people that I know, any longer. They just don’t seem to work the same way new years goals do. It’s always important to write down your goals on a clean sheet of paper, and then create a plan on how to execute it, and THEN completely imagine, with all emotion, that you can accomplished that goal. If you take these steps, you can truly ensure your body will become healthier this year.
I hope you all enjoyed your winter holidays and I hope we move into a fantastic new year! Stay connected with this blog as I will hopefully be changing the format very soon, but still expect to see quite a few delicious recipes coming up in the next few weeks. Until then…
This is The Healthy Advocate.