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February 2, 2012

Get Out of Your Own Way

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? 

Did you keep it? 

Why do we so desire to make positive changes and fall short of actually taking action? 

Sometimes, we do not know where to start. The key is to start anywhere! If you want to lose 50 pounds, you cannot lose it all at once! Aim for two pounds and then another two. 

Often, we just do not want to do something. This is the reason many resolutions fail. The pain of making a change is greater than the pain of living with the status quo, or the reward is not worth the effort it takes to achieve it. If this is your reason for not taking action, revisit what you really want and reframe your reason. For example, maybe losing 50 pounds for your high school reunion is not enough of a motivator. However, losing 50 pounds to avoid diabetes or a heart attack just might be. 

If you aren’t making the changes you say you want, look at why you want to make them. Try reframing your motivation and see how fast change can happen.

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