Happy New Year! (From1/21/13)

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed some great family time and were able to relax a little bit.

It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions!Last year, I made a list of things I needed to improve and set 5 goals. One of my goals last year was to read a book and one journal a month. I made 7 books and 10 journals. Good, but not great. After doing some research and reading I found out my problem was I was trying to do too much at once. With trying to do all 5 goals at once, it felt a little overwhelming and I didn’t meet any of my goals in 2012.

Studies have shown that most people do too many goals at once.Research show that when you try to make one change at a time, you have an 85% chance to succeed. If you try to manage two things at once, your change to succeed drops to 35%; 3 or more changes is even less. No wonder I didn’t get all the book read.

An easier, more effective way to make changes is to use a goal snowball idea from Chris Shugart. Here’s how to do it:
1. List behaviors you want to improve and will help you meet the goal: Break a bad habit, and instill a good habit.
2. Arrange list easiest to hardest.
3. Focus all attention on easiest goal and spend 2 week until it’ a habit.
4. Once the first goal is ingrained, then tackle item #2 and work on it until it’s automatic. Then move down your list.

For example:
1. Drink 2 glasses of water before every meal
2. Always eat breakfast
3. Bring a snack to work to keep your metabolism up
4 Go for a walk at lunch everyday for 10 minutes

That way in a few weeks you will be drinking more than 48 extra ounces of water,eating a great breakfast, keeping your metabolism up and exercising an additional hour a week! It’s exciting when the small goals snowball into a larger effect and help you meet your goals in 2013!

If you need an extra push or motivation, we are having a 21 day Rapid Fat Loss Challenge! Ask Keith or Jared about it and they will fill you in. Hope that helps a little in getting your 2013 started out on the right foot!

Mark

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