Our philosophy at Balance Bar® has always been about helping to create balance. Our products could be considered a secret weapon or personal life coach in every consumer’s briefcase, purse or gym bag – cheering them on and providing the lasting energy and great taste to accomplish any goal they set.
As we come to the time of year when people are thinking about setting resolutions for the coming year, we asked a special guest to share her thoughts about the right way to set them. Amber Rosenbergis a certified life coach who has helped thousands of clients achieve balance in their work and personal lives with a unique focus on energy management and we are happy to have her advice as our official Balance Bar Resolutions Guru.
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By Amber Rosenberg
Resolutions are as common as champagne on New Year’s Eve and, unfortunately, they lose their fizz just as quickly. In fact, nearly 80% of all new-year’s resolutions are broken by the end of January each year.
This time of year, I tend to hear from many folks that they want to eat healthier, get more exercise and lose weight. But the key is to set yourself up for lasting success by approaching your resolutions from the right perspective - a balanced perspective.
Here are some tips that I think can help set anyone on the path for success in the coming year and beyond.
- Short-Term Focus - Humans, by nature, have a short-term focus andwork better with small steps. Many don’t consider this when makingresolutions.It takes too long to achieve a goal of losing 20 pounds or of fitting into your skinny jeans. It's much more realistic, for example, to commit to replacing one can of soda in the afternoon with a much healthier alternative. The afternoon crash is always a diet-killer, so be prepared with smart snacks like Balance Bar® Mini Energy Bars– these 100-calorie treats are packed with good-for-you protein, 23 vitamins and minerals and come in a variety of delicious flavors so you won’t feel deprived. The positive feedback from small, daily successes will create motivation and - eventually - lead to lasting, balanced change.
- Be Patient with Yourself- On average, it takes 21 days to create a new habit. When you first get started, it will take more time and energy to focus on your daily goal. The trick is to notice when you didn't accomplish your daily goal - and to not beat yourself up about it. After about three solid weeks of working on your daily goals, they'll become second nature and part of your daily routine.
- Enlist Your Support Network- Build the support and accountability you'll need to make your resolution a reality. Talk with your partner or folks in your support network about your goals. Saying a resolution out-loud or even via social media creates outside accountability andincreases your success rate by 80%. That’s why I’m excited to participate in the Outlast Your New Year’s Resolutions Facebookcontest and offer more tips for consumers.
- Gauge Your Progress - Create a simple chart, diagram or collage that will help you to gauge your progress one day at a time. Simply refer to this tool at the beginning and end of each week and month to review how far you've come. You can represent your progress with percentages, different colors or smiley faces. There’s no one right way to do it. All that matters is that you create a measurement tool that works for you.
- Create a Theme- If resolutions don’t appeal to you but you still want to make some changes in your life this coming year, consider creating a theme for the year. A theme is a word or succinct phrase that describes how you want to show up in the world, the qualities you'll bring forth and the impact you'll make each day, week and month of the year. Examples include "going out on a limb," "feeling good and looking good," or "enjoying the fruits of my labor" and “achieving great balance.” You get the idea.
Once you have your resolution for the year, you can make a list of actions that will help support your intention. For example, for "feeling good and looking good", perhaps it's following-through with all those doctor appointments you've been putting off or committing to start each day with breakfast. Even when I am super rushed to get out the door, I am sure to bring along a Balance Bar® to make sure I have lasting energy to help me get through my day.
To help anchor your theme so that it has a longer shelf life and you're reminded of it on a daily and weekly basis, try writing the theme as the screensaver on your computer; as the wallpaper on your phone; or on the front page of your hard copy calendar. The idea is to have it front and center so that each day you're reminded of your intention for the year. Then, each day, you get to choose what one small, achievable, realistic action step you can take to support your theme.
Interested in hearing more from Amber? Join us for a live, one-hour Twitterchat with Amber and Balance Bar® on January 9th at 1:30 PM EST/10:30 AM PST. We are also asking fans to share how they will be approaching their resolutions through our “Outlast Your New Year’s Resolutions” Facebookcontest from January 1st through 18th. The grand prize is a personal coaching session with Amber along with a great prize package featuring Balance Bar® products and items to help achieve healthy balance in the coming year.