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Simplifying Your New Year's Resolutions: Simple Living Ideas

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Happy New Year!!!

Tis the time of year to re-evaluate your goals, but please be kind to yourself. Trying to stick to 10 New Year's Resolutions or more is too stressful and not realistic. Narrow down your goals to between 1 to 5 at most. 

The only way to make real changes is not to just state a goal, but to state a plan to achieve that goal. According to author Charles Duhigg’s of the Power of Habit, it also important to think of cues that will help direct you to a desired behavior.

Here are my New Year's Resolutions. They are focused on the same topic: achieving inner peace. After the trials and tribulations of 2012 I feel a strong need to feel more centered.

New Year's Resolutions for 2013:

1) Learn TM Meditation. I am in perpetual motion and I feel the need to "To be still and know..."

a) Plan: I've contacted a TM instructor close to my town and will be setting a date for training in the next week. I have put a continual reminder on my calendar, so I will be haunted by the need to set the date.
b) Cue: Opening the shaded in my son's room after he leaves for school. It faces East. The rise of the sun reminds me that it is time to meditate.

2) Do Yoga Daily 10 minutes in the morning and at night. Yoga stretches seem to be the best thing for my lower back and the general stiffness I feel in the morning. These same stretches help release the tension of the day in the evening.

a) Plan: Do 10 minutes of yoga in the morning before meditating and 10 minutes in the evening after I get ready for bed.
b) Cue: After the kids leave for school in the morning, the same ritual of opening the East facing shades in my son's room will remind me to stretch before I meditate. The cue for the evening's yoga session is the completion of my bed time ritual. Yoga in pajamas is very relaxing.

3) Go to the gym daily and lift weights. I am already pretty good about doing this, but I have been lazy about lifting weights which is important to do as you get older and begin to lose muscle mass.

a) Plan: Go to the gym as soon as the kids leave for school. Do not pass GO and get on the computer... it is to easy too jump into my work day by doing this.
b) Cue: Laying out my gym clothes at night and dressing in them in the morning. Cue at the gym to lift weights will to bring my weight machine chart. Charting helps me to remember to increase my endurance by reminding me to increase my weight level every week.

I wish you focus, and discipline to achieve your New Year's Resolutions. I hope my resolution examples will help you to create your own plan of action. 


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  1. Nice resolutions Diane. They are routines that will produce positive outcomes, but allow you to focus on daily living. To me these type of routines are more useful than stated goals like "lose 5 lbs". The stated goals place emphasis in the future instead of now.

    Dan @ ZenPresence.com

  2. Great goals! I like the approach you've taken as well - going for the change instead of the end outcome.

    1. Thanks Adelina...
      I am open to the change in behavior surprising me with wonderful outcomes.
      Happy New Year.

  3. All worthy wishes but may I make a suggestion. (Not waiting for an answer.) Your routine is very ambitious. On paper, maybe not. In actuality, yes. Meditating every day. Fabulous. Yoga, morning and night. Tough to accomplish. Why not, at the very most, alternate, doing it once a day, morning or night. Take a week-end time-out. Weights, every day. I don't think there is any physical trainer that would recommend that. If you lift weights for 20 minutes three times a week, that would be terrific. Now, about reading the New York Times everyday.........

    1. I definitely do not intend to do weights daily. 3 times a week. Yoga I'll see how it flows into meditation and how stiff I feel each morning... Thanks Mary, I value your advice.

    2. Oh yes I always find time for the Times.

  4. Hi Diane, I am not into making resolutions but you have chosen some good ones for you. I wish you Happy New year and may you will fulfill your goals for 2013. I try to do yoga and meditation but not regularly.

    1. Thanks Balvinder,
      Happy New Year 2012, I mean 2013. LOL liked your google+ post.

  5. Tremendous goals for this year and ANY year for that matter. If only you lived closer to me, so that we could work on these together! I will continually read your blog for continual motivation, Diane! You look wonderful in the photo!

    Buon Anno,

    1. Thank you Roz and I will continue to read yours and long for a trip to Italy.

  6. Happy New Year, Diane! I stink at meditating...but keep on trying! I need to get to yoga early and quiet the mind for at least a few minutes. What a great goal!

    1. Lizzy I've never been much of a meditator either. That's why it's a goal. We will see how it turns out. Good to hear from you.

  7. I haven't really figured out which one I want to do but I have two I have been working on for the last year and a half. I will just stick with those ones for now.

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  9. As one who never got around to finishing her Annual Review this year, I wholeheartedly agree! Instead I wrote down a few resolutions and came up with 4 words to keep me focused. If all I do is run 13 races and spend time with my family, all the rest is gravy.

    Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday!


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