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Making real change in 2020
Think back to the new year's resolution you made last year. Did you achieve your goals? Did you make the changes you really wanted to and are they now established habits? Not likely...
Why is it that we have so much difficulty making sustainable, lasting changes in our lives? It's not necessarily that our goals are not achievable. It's more likely that we rely on the energy and enthusiasm of the new year to carry us through 12 months, and that is unrealistic.
As adults, the only way we can create lasting change in our lives is by bringing more consciousness to each moment. When we are conscious we are present with ourselves to make a different choice in any given moment. Habits are choices that started out as conscious, consistent, repetitive actions. We did them so often that they eventually became automatic and now we don't even have to think about the action because it's just what we do. Brushing your teeth. Drinking your morning coffee. Driving your car. It's automatic.
So, if you're a person who always has great intentions at the beginning of the year and yet are unable to reach your target in 12 months, you may want to explore implementing habits that will move you, one day (or even one week) at a time, toward your long-term goals. Start by writing down your goals, then figure out what behaviours are required to achieve them, and create smaller daily (or weekly) actions that you can realistically integrate into your lifestyle. For example, many people set a resolution to lose weight. Instead of telling yourself you're going to go to the gym five days a week and eliminate certain foods from your diet, breakdown the components further into more bite-sizable chunks. Commit to doing one physical activity (and identify each activity specifically) for 10-20 minutes twice weekly (based on your personal schedule), and to cooking one fresh meal from scratch each week, or to bringing your lunch to work twice weekly. And you can't just commit to doing it; you have to actually do it for it to become a habit!
Obviously you decide what habits will support you toward your goal. The point is to set small and easily achievable goals at first, to begin establishing a new routine, and then tweak your habits to move you in the direction you want to go in: gradually increase the length of your workouts; gradually increase the frequency of days you bring your lunch to work.
With good (daily and/or weekly) habits in place to support you, you'll notice that your goals are much more easily achievable.
"You'll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."
~ John C. Maxwell
If you found this tip helpful and are looking for additional tools and techniques to help you on your journey to wellness, check out Christie's Path to Ultimate Vibrancy Coaching Program.
Sitting on the floor comfortably
Many people experience discomfort when sitting on the floor in a yoga class. That's because, in our society, we tend to sit on chairs or sofas for extended periods of time. Poor posture when sitting on furniture (and leaning into the backrest!) translates into an inability to adjust the body when sitting on the floor.
For this month's tip, Christie has created a video explaining how you can support your body to not only experience better alignment when sitting on the floor, but to also experience more comfort.
Watch the video and explore your body to find your most comfortable seated position!