By Bronwyn Ison

We’re in the first two-weeks of the New Year.  Only 8% of people achieve their set goal or resolutions.  Why is this percentage so low?  While we may have incredible ambition and all good intentions, most of us have a tendency to set the bar to high right out of the gate.  You’ll have greater success if you start with smaller goals that lead you to the big vision. 

Your goal may be to lose weight, exercise 4+ times per week, eat healthier, journal everyday, etc.  If these will be new habits you’re introducing into your life it may be best to not get over zealous. Changing your diet can be very challenging especially if you’ve not had the greatest eating habits.  If you’re exercising two days a week and want to workout at least five, add an extra day in the first two weeks and grow from there.  I think you get the gist.  Changing your habits will require willpower!

Another suggestion… as harsh as this may sound… you need to excuse yourself from any negative atmospheres.  If you have a toxic friend who only makes you feel worse about yourself or life then it’s time to spend less or no time at all with this person or people.  You may be in a workplace that’s negative.  Do your best to dismiss yourself from the water cooler when you get that icky gut feeling.

Willpower is knowing you can achieve something all on your own.  With more self-control we can avoid so many negative things we often bring on ourselves.  Imagine if you had greater willpower to truly say no to something you should be avoiding.  Simply another thought for your New Year. 

Remember, you have make the final decision.  Do what serves you and the others around you best.  Here’s to your incredible WILLPOWER!

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga and (Online Yoga Classes on Demand) 760-564-YOGA (9642)