What Will You Change in 2013?

change2A new year is before us and as usual my adrenalin level is running high. There are so many things I’d like to change about myself, but rather than make things too complicated, I’m just going to take one day at a time. I know that if I try to take on too much, I’ll become overwhelmed and things won’t get done.

Before 2012 ended, I treated myself to a new membership with Planet Fitness. My goal is to lose those ten pounds that’s been following me for the past few years.  I’m about 2 weeks into my weekly exercise routine that consists of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and 30 minutes of strength training and so far,  I like the results I am beginning to see.  I recently read that it takes 21 days to create a good habit and only 7 days to break it. I’m two weeks into it, so I’m almost there.

I want to also change the foods I eat. I’ve learned that processed  and fried foods are really not good for human consumption, so I’ll gradually phase those things out by substituting fresh and baked or broiled foods. Eating more fruits, vegetables and less carbohydrates will also help me to reach my weight loss goal.

Among other goals I’ve set for 2013 is to learn another language (preferably Spanish). I’ve also enrolled in an online class in order to get an Associate Degree in Interior Decorating.  Decorating is something I really love doing and I have a passion for it. It’s been said that if you find something you really enjoy doing, it will never be called a job.

Self improvement is another area in my life that has and always will be an ongoing process for me. I am determined to see change and improvement in everything I do.  All of my efforts will be fueled with positive thoughts and an attitude that refuses to quit even if I fail at something a few times.

What will you change about yourself in 2013?  Your goals may be big or small  but it really doesn’t matter. Just keep in mind that your goals will only be accomplished through daily effort and persistence. No goal worth attaining comes easy–so stay in there until you’ve achieved it. Remember, “winners never quit and quitters never win”!

How Do We Change?

Change is described in Wikipedia as the process of becoming different. There are many kinds of change some of which may include social change, economic change, environmental change, climate change, season change and so on,  but the change I want to pay close attention to in this post is Personal Change. Change as it applies to personal development is an ongoing process for many of us who want to be better in life.

Personal change must be recognized as being needed and it must be understood as to where the need lies in order for the individual to get the desired results.  Personal growth can be attained through various self-improvement courses that are readily available on the internet. For change that requires more intense evaluation or study, the services of a professional may be acquired such as a mentor, counselor or spiritual advisor.  To effect change, there are many sources and resources available to the person who seeks improvement.

IDENTIFYING

As mentioned earlier, the initial step toward change is to first identify what needs to be changed.  We begin by making a list of our strong points and weaknesses. Improving or changing a person’s attitude or outlook can be a journey of  self discovery. Personal growth begins by changing your thought patterns.  The way we handle certain situations basically depends on the way we think. Positive thoughts or negative thoughts adversely affect the progress made toward complete change.  But first and foremost, we must be willing to commit to change once the area of weakness  is identified.

When changing one’s pattern of thinking, you may be surprised to learn things about yourself that were previously unknown. As we learn and mentally change, a new attitude is created and a new you is born. Learning is an ongoing process that not only applies to the academic world but it applies to learning one’s self as well.

RE-PROGRAMMING OUR THOUGHTS

As we go through life, our patterns of thought control the outcome of every day situations. If we have been in the habit of constantly thinking negative thoughts, then they are the results we’ll always get. Everything we do can be categorized as either a good or bad habit.  To effect change, we must learn to adapt good habits just as easily as we learned to adapt bad ones.  Hence the need to re-program our thoughts by removing old negative ways of thinking so that we can replace them with new positive ones.

USING AFFIRMATIONS

Affirmations are a collection of positive statements that can be repeated daily and over time they can gradually affect our subconscious mind. Developing a positive mindset with the use of affirmation is a technique that allows you to change your thought patterns. Powerful affirmations can not only change your mindset, but can literally change your life. Personal change with the use of self-improvement material that should be used consistently is the beginning of the inwardly change we desire.