06 Jan The “No Resolution Solution”…..You want it? Then Make It Happen!
Written by Dr. Michele Reid
Two friends are chatting about their diets. The first one says, “I want to be healthy and feel great.” The second one says, “I intend to be healthy and feel great.” Which one do you think is going to get healthy and feel great? Yep – the one who intends it.
Wanting is simply wishing you can have or do a particular thing. Intending means you’re committed to achieving something by making a plan for success – and sticking to it!
The key to intention is action. Getting the structure, support and accountability from the health and wellness professionals in a system like the SizeWize Weight Management Program will push you dramatically in the direction of reaching your wellness and weight loss goals in 2015! In the meantime try this to build your intention muscle:
- Get clear on what you want. Create a vision board by gathering images and words that pertain to your goal and glue them onto a large piece of construction paper. Hang the collage in a spot where you’ll see it often (or create a digital vision board).
- Do something to make your desire happen. Let’s say you want to eat four servings of vegetables a day. Your first action may be to go to a farmers’ market and purchase a few veggies you can cook for dinner.
- Celebrate your achievement! Don’t forget to congratulate yourself for meeting your goal.
How to Have a Great Day… Every Day!
Rather than diving into your morning and hoping you’ll achieve your day’s big goal, here’s how to set yourself up for success. This “Setting an Intention to Succeed” exercise is used by professional athletes, speakers, politicians, and performers:
- Upon waking, lie in bed and think about what you have planned for your day
- Think about your desired outcome. Take a deep breath and visualize yourself succeeding.
- Replay your success several times in your mind.
- Next, add other senses, including sounds, smells, and touch. For instance, as you replay your success, you now also hear the director offering you the gig, or you feel the physical sensation of your finger hitting the “send” button on your latest assignment.
- Lastly, replay the scene again, adding emotions. Feel your elation at getting the part, or your pride at finally finishing your work.
What are some action items or rituals that allow you to have a great day everyday?