“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” -Ernest Hemingway

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We’re reaching the end of 2013, and a brand new year usually means brand new goals…but what if I told you not to make new goals. Well, I am. Don’t even bother with making new goals. Instead, direct your energy on the reasons why you haven’t completed the goals you’ve given yourself time and time again. Don’t make this a repeat year of bad habits and procrastination. Focus on changing areas in your life that are keeping you from completing your goals. If you’ve taken the time to write out goals, you need to take the time to analyze why you haven’t succeeded in them. This will give you prime revelation. I’d like to give you an example:

A lot of people start the New Year off by saying they are going to work out and start eating healthy. I  think that’s a wonderful goal to have. But if this is the third year you’ve made this goal and you are still overweight or worse than you were the year before, it’s time to make some checks and balances.

What is keeping you from eating healthy? Is it the time constraints? Do you not feel confident in your food choices? Perhaps your budget doesn’t give you the flexibility? I’m here to tell you, if there is a will then there is a way. Figuring out the reasons why you haven’t been able to succeed with completion of your goals will help you structure a plan of success.

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Here are some helpful solutions:

  • If you have a job that’s demanding and you don’t have time to cook and you’re always stopping at the nearest fast food restaurant, I would suggest prepping your food once a week for the whole work week.
  • Get some zip lock bags and put healthy snacks in them for when you’re on the go. Prep your food for breakfast and lunch, and you’ll be able to grab and go, making time no longer an issue.
  • If your budget isn’t permitting you the flexibility to try out new healthy foods, try looking for great deals. Every Sunday, grocery stores put out their new sales. On Sunday, set some time aside to look them over to find the greatest deals for foods you want to start incorporating in your new healthy lifestyle. You can also sign up for emails from the stores you shop at the most and they will email you when there is a new deal.

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I think goals are very important, they make us strive to be better and do things we never imagined. Set yourself up for success by identifying the areas that are hindering you. Give yourself a fail-proof zone. No more excuses, no more procrastination. Enjoy your journey. After all, it will one day be a reflection of you.

Happy New Year!