Written by: Jonathan Tait, D.O.

I have a huge heart for those who keep trying to make positive changes in their life, even if life throws them a curve and they end up reverting back to not so positive habits.

I think it was the great motivational speaker and philosopher Yoda who said “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Who am I to argue with a four-foot fictional character who is happy living in a swamp?

I would counter though that one who keeps trying, and does not accept defeat is doing something. That is someone who has made a decision to commit to the end goal. Even though they may have had prior barriers and detours along the way, they are firmly focused on arriving at the destination in mind. Maybe they have failed, but more importantly they fail forward towards their goal.

As a physician I see myself as a teacher and a guide, to provide a roadmap to those who may not know their way, steer them in the right direction, and then help them course correct when they run off track. I have built my practice around providing support, accountability and inspiration for our patients and clients to make lasting habits that stick.

A common set-up for failure comes if you attempt to bite off more than you can chew. Don’t get me wrong, you can take large bites if you are motivated in a colossal way. Most people will find success by taking smaller bites and developing core habits that are sustainable. The small taste of success is the confidence builder that can lay a foundation of larger changes to come. Incorporating habits that will have a greater impact on long-term health is so much more than a number on the scale. Forget about weight loss and just imagine if you picked one item and stuck to it this time – quitting smoking, getting some for of activity of exercise daily, or giving up soda. All would have lasting health benefits.

Success in my practice or gym comes because we partner with our patients and clients. We empower people with the right information to make the best choices to accelerate their success and reach their goals.

If you have not exercised in 5 years and you eat out every day it may not be the best idea to work out two hours a day, go 100% organic, quit drinking and watching every calorie you eat. You may want to take a more realistic approach to set you up for success.

Two and a half months are gone in 2015…and I want to issue you a challenge for the next 9 months so that you can end the year with a bang.

I don’t want you to settle for another ho-hum year just because your January, February, or start of March has not gone perfectly as planned.

I’m suggesting that you hit reset and make the best of what is left of 2015. You have a ton of time yet to tackle your personal goals for the year.

Don’t make excuses. Reset your priorities in life. Think about what you really want.  Then follow these 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Decide!

There’s a huge difference between thinking about doing something and deciding that it’s going to happen.

Pick one habit that you know you can do and make it happen and decide that you will succeed no matter what.

  • Journal your food daily and start a gratitude journal
  • Get 8 hours of sleep each night
  • Reduce stress: get 15 minutes of quiet time each day, stretch or meditate, or relax in an undistracted environment.
  • Read a self-help book 15 minutes a day
  • Be active for 15-45 minutes per day
  • Sip water throughout the day and drink one glass before each meal
  • Eat every 2-3 hours each day
  • Snack on whole foods instead of processed snacks
  • Better yet, eliminate all processed foods
  • Eliminate added sugar, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup
  • Eliminate caffeine, soda, or alcohol
  • Eat meals mindfully and slowly, engaging all your senses
  • Eat meals in order of protein, fats and carbs
  • Study Rejuv University and Rejuv4Life Meal Plan

Step 2: Prep!

Once you’ve decided what you really want – you need to see who’s already gone where you want to go and accomplished what you want to achieve. You need to find and surround yourself with the people who know what to do, people who will support you, educate and provide the resources you need to bridge the gap from where you are now to where you want to be.

Step 3: Start!

Nothing is going to become a habit unless you take action and start today. Don’t put it off “till summer”, “when I get back from vacation”, etc. I know it’s easy to think that way, but if you are going to make a habit you will have to learn to take your habits with you wherever you go.  The people who have been where you want to go didn’t get there overnight, and neither will you.  But they made progress by making progress consistently.

And that starts with a step.

Embrace the fact that the next 9 months or so are going to pass, whether you do anything or not. At the end of the year you are either going to have made some changes that are going to change your life, or you are going to see that you let another year pass by.

Do not let another year pass you by. Take action today.

Failure is not an option. May the force be with you.

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