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Establishing Healthy Habits

After the first week of the new year nearly 40 percent of the best intentions have already failed. In many cases people will list out all the things and behaviors that they want to change – it can be overwhelming.

Even Allstate Insurance’s advertising character Mayhem couldn’t last two weeks to quit his resolution.

There is a belief or a notion that you can break bad habits and initiate good habits and it can be done in just 21 days. I am not sure if this is true or not, but it COULD be a good place to start. There it is again – would’ve, could’ve, should’ve.

But Goals must be SMART Goals – which means they are:

  • Specific: the goal that is oriented towards a specific area
  • Measurable: the result can be quantified
  • Assignable: it’s determined who is responsible for achieving the goal
  • Realistic: which means that it’s actually possible to realize the goal due to available resources
  • Time-bound: which means that there must be a set period in which the goal should be accomplished

There are a lot of great motivators, speakers and authors – here is a sampling:

Jonathan Sprinkles –The Connection Coach suggests that we should reboot our Resolutions:

  • Trash Talk-let everyone know your intentions – energize some competitiveness
  • If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it – engage in activities that you enjoy
  • Cheat often – should be used as a reward
  • Less resolutions – more results

AN ‘I CAN’ LEADS TO ‘I JUST DID’

Stephen Covey – author of: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 1 : Be Proactive. Your life doesn’t just “happen.” Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. The choices, after all, are yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success.

John Carey – Market Manager says: Everything in moderation.

I encourage you to participate in our journey toward better health. Together we can be part of a “farm-tastic” year.

John Carey, Westchase District Farmers Market Manager