Thursday, January 1, 2009

A ‘NEW’ New Year’s Resolution!

January 2009 – The Resolution Solution!

Defining the Term
Resolution - 1: the act or process of resolving (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

Write It Down

Take out a piece of paper and answer the following questions.

What Problem(s) Are You Resolving? 

This is the first question you need to ask yourself.  You need to be able to clearly define the problem before you can resolve it. 

Why Do You Want To Resolve This Problem?

This step is important because it involves introspection.  Introspection will allow you to connect to the emotional reasons as to why you want this problem resolved.  When harnessed correctly emotions can be powerful motivators.  For example, a common reason for people to begin a resolution is because they are fed up with the way they are living their lives.  Sometimes we need to hit rock bottom before we can say “That is enough! I am tired of all the excuses! I am going to change!”  It is important to understand that negative energy can be redirected toward a positive aim.

What If This Problem Remains Unresolved?    

Another great emotional charge can come from foreseeing your own future.  What will your life look like 5 years from now if you continue your current lifestyle?  How about in 10 years?  On the television show “The Last 10 Pounds” they use a computer software program that analyzes a current photo of a person.  It then simulates what they would look like in the future after several years of continuing their current lifestyle.  The expression on people’s faces when they see their photo morphing into a fatter version of themselves is a real eye opener.  Although this software program is a great tool, the most sophisticated computer is between your ears.  Therefore, use your own imagination to envision the changes.  Remember, by visualizing the repercussions of not resolving this problem you will increase your emotional desire to change.        

What Is the Solution To This Problem?

You can either be the problem or the solution.  You can either be unhealthy or healthy.  The choice is yours.  This is the main secret to success.  The moment you decide wholeheartedly to be the solution is the moment you shall know success.  I do not care how unhealthy you have been throughout your lifetime, you can change that at any moment.  Whether it is in the New Year, the middle of the year, or the end of the year, any time can be the right time to change.  Do not focus on who you used to be (the problem).  Instead, focus on who you are now (the solution).  Make the choices that a healthy person would make.  For instance, would a healthy person…take the stairs or escalators, exercise or have an excuse not to, cook their own organic meal or eat at a fast food restaurant?  For every situation, ask yourself, “what would a healthy person do?” and THEN DO IT!  


By: Sal Crispo
Vaughan Personal Trainer

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