By Clem D. Lacy | Hammond-SimmonsGroup.com
It is the start of a new year and you like me may be one of millions who have made a new year’s resolution. We have promised to start or stop something that is important to us. If you are one of those who made a resolution I have some thoughts that could be helpful.
Somewhere during the journey through life many people have decided to settle for less than their ideal life. It happens slowly and it may be years before they notice the effects. It happens when you stopped doing the things that made you successful. Your relationship isn’t as fulfilling. You are twenty-five pound heavier. You are concerned that your lifestyle may be effecting your health. You haven’t had a promotion at work for several years. You aren’t as close to friends or family. To make ourselves feel better we rationalize our behavior. We say things like I don’t have time, I will do it later, I’m tired or it’s too difficult.
You may have decided you will start a new career, increase your company’s bottom line, change a negative behavior, spend more time with loved ones, get out of debt or start a fitness regimen. All of these goals represent something that will happen in the future. To be successful they require getting out of your current comfort zone, establishing a new habit and refusing to fail.
Have you heard the saying, “sell the sizzle, not the steak”? It means people care about how a product or a targeted goal will make them feel even more than the product or goal. Why do you want a new Range Rover? It is because of the way you will feel when you drive it or see it parked in your garage. Maybe just a little bit of ego is involved when your friends see you driving it onto the parking lot at the golf course. Do you want to drop two dress sizes or is the real want to feel better about yourself or maybe impress someone? The goal is what you see, but if you “tell the truth” as Dr. Bennet Omalu says in the movie Concussion, the emotional benefit is what you really want.
You have become a victim of a comfortable life that is satisfying and easy. There are things you used to do that you no longer take the time to do. Perhaps in a relationship you do fewer things together. You have a health club membership, but you do not have the time or energy to go. At work you may have reached a safe plateau and you no longer have the drive you had during leaner times. Your brain has been hard-wired to support your behavior because you have repeated it over and over. When you want to change your behavior you must create new circuitry in your brain that competes with your old habit. To make a new habit strong enough you have to do it over and over again for a lengthy period of time. Generally, it usually takes 3-6 months before a new habit comes more naturally than the old.
- Make your goal specific.
- Start with a small step you absolutely can achieve.
- Your goal must be associated with an emotional benefit.
- Write it down or tell someone and better yet do both.
- Do not accept a relapse as a failure if you begin again.
- Reward yourself periodically for your success.
- Decide you will be successful today – philosophically tomorrow never comes; it is always today.
See your doctor on a regular basis, eat well, exercise, take good nutritional supplements and all medicines prescribed for you as directed. I hope 2016 is your best year ever and all your dreams come true.
Feel better, look better and live longer!
About Clem D. Lacy
After spending the past 15 years in the fast paced business world Clem Lacy decided to follow his passion for fitness and wellness. He started his own company, Hammond-Simmons Group, Inc., which is a minority owned business, certified by the North Carolina Office for Historically Underutilized Business. Hammond-Simmons Group’s mission is to help the world feel better, look better and live longer. HSG has created a line of vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements and a library of information designed to assist you in living a healthier and more active life.
Visit Hammond-Simmons Group’s website here.