The title above does not mean how you start isn’t important, it is. So let me make this clear: START STRONG. Take off!  Whether you’re a fan of New year resolutions or not, it’s the beginning of the year and with all the positive energy in the air, if you want change, this is a great time to start. Instead of crowding your palette with a long list of changes you can’t realistically maintain, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Zone in on 1-3 changes you want to make this year and start there.

A goal without a plan is just a wish, a leap of faith or simply, lack of thought. Create a game plan, people. Along with your 1-3 changes ask yourself this question, “How am I going to implement these changes and integrate them into my daily lifestyle?” Don’t just ask the question, answer the question. For example, you may want to increase your water intake in 2017; cool, that’s relevant. Well how much water do you want to intake every day? There is a bare minimum water requirement- what your body needs to function. The basic equation for determining this is by dividing your body weight in half. So, if you weigh 150lbs, you would need 75oz of water a day if you’re not doing anything strenuous. If you partake in physical activity that causes you to sweat, add another 34-40 oz. So, 150lbs + exercise/sweat/ lots of physical activity= 109-115oz of water. This number will be different for everyone and will fluctuate depending on your activity level, so be sure to do your math.

Okay, so you still want to intake more water. Now that we’ve cleared up exactly how much water you need to consume daily, the next step is buying a water bottle you’d use as a sidekick. You don’t want a lousy sidekick? Don’t buy a lousy water bottle. Take note of how many ounces the water bottle holds. According to the equation above, how many times will you have to refill the bottle to reach your water requirement? Do your math, again. Now you’ve purchased a water bottle, you’ve calculated how many refills it needs, and now it’s up to you to make it happen. If you forget your water bottle, remain calm. Use a cup, buy a water bottle, or frequent visit the nearest water fountain.

EVERYBODY AND THEY MAMA are loaded with optimism at the start of a new year, but what and/or who will help keep you motivated and encouraged along the way? That question needs an answer too. Pick those people and/or things and keep them heavy on your radar. Whether that be on your social media timelines, bedroom walls, screensavers, in your pockets, presence, planners, or prayers, whatever! Keep em’ in sight and on your mind. They will work as reminders and gas you up when you need that extra boost. “I hate reminders!”, said no one ever (hopefully). “Stop gassin’ me up!” is what everybody says, but we alllll know we appreciate the gas. (lol)

What should you take from this post?

1.     🔍Pick 1-3 changes you want to focus on right now.  Stop playing yourself and write them down today. Write them down right now!

2.     📝Create a plan to integrate and implement those changes into your daily lifestyle. Remember, “How am I going to implement these changes and integrate them into my daily lifestyle?” needs an answer. If you’re not sure on how to do this, don’t be afraid to reach out for help! I’m here as a resource if you need me. Visit my “Connect” page for more details.

3.     🔑Keep motivation and encouragement around you. Choose who and/or what will help remind you of your goals and use them as gas to boost you up when’re on E. To avoid “out of sight, out of mind”, be sure to keep those people/things in places you see every day.