19 Days Until 2014: 31/50.

Greetings, greetings.

Today I’m presenting you another exercise, specifically one that forces you out of future-mentality, and gets you into let’s-do-it-now-mindset. Let’s go.

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By now, 2014 is less than 3 weeks away. I KNOW. It makes you want to things like “Time flies” and “It seems like 2013 only just started.” Although these statements are eyeroll-worthy, fact is the new year is really almost upon us.

So how about we start laying some groundwork while we still can? Paving the road early so that 2014 can be extra amazing, right from the bat? If you start now, you will have it easier with making changes throughout the entirety of the new year.

The create-your-new-year-in-advance perspective can help you make positive changes now and make your extra motivated. You’re giving your future self some extra help, so to speak.

  • What are going to be your New Year’s Resolutions?
  • Think of ALL the things you can do in the upcoming three weeks that will make it easier for you to succeed in making these New Year’s Resolutions more than just cute things you say over champagne. Write all your ideas down. I mean, EVERYTHING. Be thorough and creative.

If you want to start eating healthier, how about starting to decrease your sugar/fat intake a little every day until January 1st? Or have a green smoothie/juice every other day until January 1st. Or make a pact with a friend to take turns to cook a healthy dinner when you eat together.

If you want to establish a stable exercise regimen, why not start building up the upcoming weeks? So that you can get used to it? You can also start trying out some different YouTube work-outs, see which ones you like so you can add them to your schedule.

If you want to stop smoking, START decreasing the number of cigarettes you have a day, right now. Already figure out a reward you can give yourself when you’ve quit for X days. Start stocking up on lollipops or tooth picks or whatever else you need to stop you from going insane while quitting.

If you want to be happier or more positive in the new year, how about not-complaining tomorrow, writing a gratitude list the next day, and smiling a lot the day after that?

As for me?

I am finally admitting I need to figure out this whole Bikram Yoga practice thing once and for all.

I am great short-term. I can only seem to do spurts. But the moment something gets in the way (work, appointments, illness) I can’t find my way back for weeks. I just choke. That’s my kneejerk-reaction after not being able to go for 1-2 days. I don’t know why.

I do know that I need to stop doing the 6-days a week thing for one week and then not going for weeks. It’s messing me up.

Instead I need to learn to do the 4-times a week for an extended period of time. That’s my New Year’s Resolution, starting early.

…Also, I need to start flossing.

ANYWAY. As for you guys, this entire exercise contains of three things.

One, START EARLY AND START NOW.

Two, babysteps to the ultimate goals.

And three, find everything that can help you succeed, and start doing it.

Best of luck in your future-endeavors that you’re kickstarting right now. GO GO GO.

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  1. Thanks for this one! I already started with this a few days ago. One of my resolutions for next year is doing yoga (almost) every day instead of unregularly, even if it’s just a short Surya Namaskar. So I started doing it every day since the 10th of december. Thanks for this extra encouragement that I’m doing a good thing here. Now I’m going to think about the other things I can start doing now. Good luck with your bikram-resolution and flossing! (that’s never a bad idea)

  2. I recently started dragging myself to the gym again. I want to do the Ladies Run, and want to be in good shape and feel healthy. Which is a good start for 2014.