What Will You Make Better in 2016?

This post was originally written for IGA and can be seen here: http://igabetterchoices.com/uncategorized/what-will-you-make-better-in-2016/

As another year ends and a new one begins, thoughts of resolutions or a “new year, new you” mentality are often on our minds.  Make the most of the turn of the calendar by focusing on small steps you can take now that will help make 2016 a better year.

  • Start with a celebration of what you have already begun or accomplished. It’s easy to look at what we didn’t get done in the past year, but let’s flip that and think about what we did accomplish. Did you complete a successful project at work? Did your child improve in the classroom or in an afterschool activity? Did you finally start packing your lunch or drinking water more consistently? Perhaps you started walking during your lunch hour. Write it down. Celebrate it. Continue it. Add to it.
  • Be realistic about what you’d like to work on. If you are not moving at all, make this a priority. Be sure to talk with your doctor to make sure that you are good to go, and then get moving!  Take one flight of steps. March in place during commercials. Walk on your breaks. Increase your speed or incline if you run. Add strength training. Take a tap dancing class. Mow your own lawn.  The choices are endless. There’s no right or wrong. There’s just “do”.
  • Choose. One. Thing. We like to start the year at full throttle. This year, challenge yourself to do one thing and master it. Make it a habit. Give yourself time to adjust to new ideas and ways of doing things. Ask for help from the experts.

Happy 2016!  Let’s make the most of it by celebrating better choices in the New Year! We can’t wait to see what you do next and do better.

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