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Published on January 4th, 2013 | by thevyne

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Reset: 5 Ways to Ensure a Real “New Year, New You”

Screen Shot 2013-01-04 at 7.13.01 AMThis time every year, all the magazine stands are laden with articles professing “new year, new you”. It’s quite alluring actually because this is the time of the year when everyone want to press reset, start over and take another crack at life. Every time I read these articles though, they’re generally long and want you to invest a great deal of time doing whatever laundry list they’ve compiled. So here’s a shorter, easier to implement, way to press reset and ensure a real “new year, new you”:

  1. 3-Day Juice Cleanse – Time to put a period to all the holiday over eating. If you’ve never juiced before, try this quick (you can do anything for 3 days) modified cleanse by Dr. Oz. I recommend you start it on a Saturday so that you can get two full days of Dr. Oz’s cleanse in and then on Monday (when you have to go to work and can’t make this juice while there) buy your juices freshly squeezed from a local juice bar.
  2. Vision Board It – We talk about these all the time but the trick to vision boarding is making it dynamic, putting it in a place you will see first thing every morning and spending time each day (or week) really looking at it and imagining its reality. I bought a corkboard from an office supply store and clear pushpins to affix the words, quotes and images I clipped out of old magazines. As the year goes on, I’ll add/edit as I see fit.
  3. Gratitude Jar – I saw this on the web and it seems to be building some traction. Basically what you do is find a mason jar, decorate and label it “2013 Gratitude Jar”. For the rest of the year, each time you experience a happy surprise, blessing or something you’re thankful for, write it on a small slip of paper and put it in the jar. At year-end, you can go through the jar and relive all the things you were thankful for this year.
  4. Refresh Your Board of Directors –Take a look at your mentors, advisors, etc. Do you have any? Are you actively keeping those relationships alive? If not, now is the time to reevaluate if you have the right people in your corner, if you should add some, remove some or spend time nurturing those relationships you’ve neglected. It’s important to have mentors in your life that you can learn from so that you continue to push yourself and grow as a person. Write down the names of people you want to pursue for your “board of directors” and make a plan to connect or reconnect with them this month.
  5. Kitchen Clean Out – If losing weight is on your list of things to do this year, start by cleaning out your kitchen of all the foods you ate last year that helped you pack on the l-bees. Then take a trip to the market to refill your kitchen with the healthy foods you will commit to eating more of this year.


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