Personal note

2013 has started with a bang for me: a CBS radio interview about my The Confident Introvert book with Roshini Rajkumar (hear the podcast at www.wcco.com/roshini); then speaking engagements this month that will include:

“Stress, the Silent Killer” seminar, at which I will be delivering “The Angina Monologue” on Saturday, January 26. Register here with the promo code “Stress” to receive a discount: http://mnwellnesseducators2.eventbrite.com/#

“Become Your Own Best Caretaker in the New Year”: A full half-day of condensed wisdom to ensure that your year not only starts well, but stays that way all year!
See more about this seminar and register at: www.stlouispark.org/learning-courses.html

And finally, The Confident Introvert FREE teleseminar on January 30. Be sure you sign up now at www.ConfidentIntrovert.com/teleseminar If you’re tired of being overlooked and undervalued, and want to blossom into a new confident you, this is the way to start 2013!

Make good habits easy!

Good resolutions often fail because our default position is to take the easy way.  The neural pathways to that automatic habit that you’ve been doing forever – slumping back into a chair to watch TV instead of exercising, grabbing a fatty snack instead of a healthy one, biting your nails – are well-worn paths.

Creating a new, good habit, on the other hand, means you have to overcome that inertia and switch to a new path. Why not make it easier?

Make it easy on yourself:

Think of everything you will need to perform the good habit:

For example, a set of exercise clothes, shoes, even socks. Lay them out in advance: the night before if you plan to exercise in the morning; in the morning, if you plan to exercise after work.

Or, put out all the things you need to make a healthy lunch or snack to take to work with you the next day. If you do this at the same time you are preparing dinner, you will remember what it feels like to be hungry, and will be sure to include healthful snacks when temptation overwhelms you the next day.

Want to meditate more? Pick a time and place to meditate, and construct the setting in advance: perhaps a yoga mat, a player of some sort, headphones. Have them ready so that you just have to settle into place and begin your practice at the time you have specified.

Don’t resist temptation; get rid of it:

Think of what you don’t need to tempt you.

You may think that you can control your consumption of rich, not-very-healthy foods. So when the Big Box store offers a really good price on a large quantity – gallons of ice cream, crates of cookies or chips, jugs of soft drinks – you opt to save money, vowing to ration it out to yourself, or your family.

The availability of these treats will absolutely be the greased pathway to failure.  Vow to buy small quantities, or none at all. Better yet, make a decision that, when you want a cookie, a dish of ice cream, or whatever, you will have to go out and get just the quantity that can be consumed at one sitting. Even better, see if you can walk to buy it.

Turning on the TV automatically when you come home, or just leaving it on all day, tempts you to set aside healthier activities and collapse on the couch. Pick a schedule for viewing, one that is meaningful to you, and stick to it, so that you don’t waste valuable time consuming whatever is being served to you visually.

Make the bad habits harder, and the good habits easier!