Change

8 Jan

If you want 2014 to be different than last year, something has to change. In last night’s playlist I chose the song Change by Tracy Chapman to motivate people to think about what they would change. In her song, Tracy Chapman asks “how good or bad does it have to get?”

If you do the same thing every day, you can expect the same result. If you want a different result, you must be willing to change. Change isn’t easy. Last year I moved twice, changed jobs, made new friends, started a new running group, changed gyms. None of it was easy, but my life is now better.

Now with 2014 already here, I’ve had to make a number of new changes. It’s the only way to ensure I achieve my goals. Below is a list of ideas.

1. Make your diet healthier. Nix candy or any other food that isn’t adding any nutritional value.

2. Try a new type of exercise. Most gyms offer a free introductory pass. Call the club or look them up online. I am loving Orange Theory fitness right now.

3. Join a Bootcamp or other 4 week program. It will keep you accountable. I am offering a Bootcamp at Equinox in a few weeks.

4. Spend time with 1 more person that inspire you and let go of the drainers.

5. Get organized in 1 area that has been a challenge for you in the past.

6. Get a coach to help you. Whether it’s a cleaning lady, financial advisor, dietician, personal trainer, leave it to the experts.

7. Learn a new hobby. Whether it’s snowboarding, playing a new instrument, or joining a book club, you only grow when you continue to learn.

8. Read. Knowledge is sexy and a great way to learn more is through reading. Subscribe to a newspaper, journal, or magazine. Visit websites. Go through your library and see if there’s any books you haven’t read.

9. Take time to love. Spend time with your family, friends, and significant others. It was nice to have the holidays so close to each other this year because it enabled me to spend more time with my family.

10. Make your life a priority. Forget about checking off the boxes, but think about what you want. Use your goals to define your schedule.

Remember even 1 small change can cause a huge effect. I still remember the guy at the gym who gave up his big gulp of coke that he used to drink every day. He slimmed down and lost 63 pounds!

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In Health and Happiness,

Madeline

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