All it takes is a few decisions. Easier said than done, though. That's because that stuff we carry around with us has become part of our permanent baggage. Which reminds me of the luggage limitations the airlines are now imposing on us. Hey, maybe we could limit ourselves to 17 inches of carryover stuff into the new year!
To make real change, I've boiled down a number of theories into the following simple formula:
The Three C's of Change
Just make sure you're ready to make a true commitment, though. If not, you're setting yourself up for failure. Likewise, design your life changes in a way that you can be consistent. (Hint: Put fewer things on your list.) Go into your plan with confidence and relish each accomplishment along the way. This actually builds more confidence.
I'll add one more item to the formula: Be gentle with yourself. In the long run, you'll be better served by taking one small step and incorporating it into your lifestyle by repetition than trying to tackle 10 things at one.
If I follow my own advice, 2009 may actually be the year I finally learn to "Drink more water." Stay tuned ...
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Keep those cards and e-mails coming! I really appreciate your feedback, and it helps to know which topics strike a chord. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the Sunday Gazette-Mail for another year of running Living Life Fully. Special kudos go out to my editor, Rosalie Earle, and all of the copy editors who make me look good. Here's a new mantra for the new year: "Divine in '09!"
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman and CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm in Charleston. Reader comments may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or e-mailed to livinglifefu...@arnoldagency.com.