Action list for Habit Change

Just because the holidays are rapidly approaching does not mean that we get a free pass on changing bad habits.

Fat man holding a measurementIf you’re trying to change your lifestyle, don’t make the mistake of waiting until “after the holidays.” After all, they’ve been going on for over 2,000 years; they’re not stopping anytime soon.

So, for those dedicated souls who wish to enter next year without regret about having “blown it” during the last two months of the year, here are several strategies to navigate your way to a new you in the new year.

Be “sparklingly clear” about what your definition of success looks like.

How will you know you’ve arrived if you don’t know what it looks like when you’re there? It’s true; the result might look different than expected. However, one doesn’t begin a trip without at least an idea about where he’s going.

Describe success in as much depth as you can. Use numbers whenever possible while also focusing on the feelings that will result from your hard work. Use concrete descriptions in defining your goals.

Instead of “I will lose weight,” try (for example) “I will wear a perfect size ten comfortably by January 15.”

Take ridiculously tiny steps.

Small steps done regularly will always generate more results than large steps done intermittently. In other words, it’s better to walk a block and really do it than to swear you’ll run a mile and never get around to it.

If after saying, “I will do (whatever),” you’re not 100 percent absolutely dead-on totally confident that you really will do that, then that goal is too large. Make it small enough so that you have no excuse to not do it.

By the way, a good indicator is that if your inner critic is telling you’re not doing enough, you’re probably on track.

Embrace the rough patches

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Video: Calls for Dad

OK, I’ll admit I have a bias.

Having been a single dad for many years, I never felt that good dads got enough credit for what they did (and I was a damn good father). You don’t do it for the praise, but it’s nice to be recognized. On behalf of all the good dads out there – and there are many – Dove has put together this wonderful campaign. Happy father’s day.

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Simple Messages for the New Year

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

- John 14:27

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

- Buddha

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

- Mother Teresa

“Peace is its own reward.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

“Son, if you are able, keep your heart..free from malice toward anyone.”

- Al-Tirmidhi:59

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