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New Year’s Resolutions Simplified: It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3

New Year’s Resolutions Simplified: It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3

You and I will probably come across a hundred articles about New Year’s resolutions in 2023 … again. And, if you and I are like the majority—the well-intentioned, regular people who genuinely want change—we will aspire to big things and later get frustrated and give up on the list we made … again.

What if it was easy this time? What if we didn’t have to make an endless list and be reminded, by looking at it, of all the things we may fail at again?

Imagine if it were as simple as 1, 2, 3, 3.

Let us instead do that, shall?!

1. Make “one” your magic number. Count to one each day, starting now, not from January 1st—NOW! What is one thing you want?

One email or paragraph you will write, or one chapter you will read, or one person you’ll reach out to. What is one person you’ll text or call to express your gratitude or how much you miss them? You might be inspired by their company, or you may feel sorry for them. Who do you call or write to to share the one great memory?

I have made a vow to myself to contact, call, or pray for any person that crosses my mind the same day. I believe there is a reason we are reminded about people and how fragile life can be. I don’t want to miss an opportunity and regret not uplifting someone who could have been encouraged, or speaking kindness to someone who could have benefited from it.

What’s one thing you will do today to move toward a healthier and happier you?

Maybe it’s just one set of squats while you are washing the dishes; one jump rope you will order and one minute of jumping you’ll do when it arrives; one glass of beer or coke or a sweet drink you’ll replace with water or tea or decaf coffee just once today. What will you substitute today to make your diet healthier?

What’s the happy song that you’ll listen to while driving or walking? How far will you drive to the shop so that you can walk back and forth more?

2. Your brilliant mind can register and retain everything in two important ways: words and images.

Your mind will be able to see clearly and vividly what you are aiming for. Imagine your final accomplishment from the past. Make it as vivid and exciting as possible.

Imagine yourself at the weight you desire, wearing what you like, and hearing strangers and friends compliment you on how beautiful and healthy you look. Then think about how much you love taking good care of your body.

Imagine yourself as having completed your degree, project or letter. Imagine yourself walking across the stage with people asking for your product.

Imagine you are buying the house that you’ve imagined and decorating it. Then imagine having friends over to have fun and relax in your home.

Imagine yourself in a relationship that you have just formed or reestablished and enjoy. You will be amazed at how great it is for you both. See and hear the positive conversations that you have and the fun things you do together. See the pictures of your dreams!

When talking to yourself, use words that are kind, uplifting, life-giving, generous—not the opposite. You should speak the same way to someone you love and care for; someone whose success will make you as happy; someone you want to see encouraged, loved, happy. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish by talking to yourself daily and speaking out loud.

3. Imagine yourself as a triangular figure.

One side is your mind, connected to the second, your heart, connected to the third, your amazing body, with the entire space inside filled with who you really and most profoundly are—your spirit.

You all need to be taken care of, nurtured, and attended to. Each part of your body has a specific need and a specific set of requirements. Is it missing something? What’s it missing? What can you do to help each of these parts thrive?

My spirit is fed daily by prayer and silence. This gives me focus, strength and insight. I also pray for at least one person not in my immediate family. Walking is how I care for my body in this season of life.

There you have it.

Be sure to thank yourself for the one thing that you did today. Also, look forward to tomorrow. Be your cheerleader and encourager and then, over time, you’ll see that change you’ve been looking for.

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About Nino Fincher

Nino’s purpose and passion is helping emotionally paralyzed people get unstuck and move forward personally and professionally. As a public speaker, Nino splits her time between Dubai and Dallas. She also helps individuals and groups with Rapid Transformational Therapy and coaching. To help each person holistically, her backgrounds in counseling, fitness and theology are combined. She is also a wife and mother.  Find out more information and book Nino at www.Ninofit.com.

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