Give Yourself a Gold Star!
Welcome to a new year! This is when we resolve to improve ourselves by starting something new or stopping something that no longer works (or never did, actually).
I spent a lot of time in December reviewing my year and came to the conclusion that taking risks in new ways really served me well. Saying yes to the Robbins Coach Academy and walking on fire in March really kickstarted a chain of opportunities that eventually became my new Dreams Arising program.
I spent 4 days camping alone – a first for me. That was a stretch that left me feeling empowered and bold!
There were challenges as well.
For me, a big challenge has been a lower back issue; I call it “Sitting on My Butt Disease.” It began while I was still employed at the J.O.B., and even though I’ve customized my workspace, it occasionally flares up. Those lower back muscles are weak, and so are the abs.
One of my resolutions for this year is to change my habits around movement. To do that, I’ve dusted off my Classic Nordic Trak and set it up in the basement. When I bought it in the 1990’s, I successfully sculpted myself into a slinky size 4 and felt fantastic.
I’m going for it again. 30 minutes a day. It worked before, it’ll work again. (And, I’ll settle for a size 6 this time around <wink>)
But wait, there’s more!
The other change I’m making is to resume my meditation practice. I remember from before that it’s easy to forget until it becomes a real habit. 10 minutes every day. Every day.
That’s the plan.
But how to remember?
For the last few months I’ve both exercised and meditated, but a bit sporadically. It feels good, I like doing both of them, but I know it’s going to take a while to make these two efforts a habit. And, based on past experience, I know I need a reminder.
Being a visual person (you too?), I knew there had to be something sparkly and fun to reward myself.
Enter the Gold Star. I find this to be simple, pretty and instantaneously rewarding.
For every day that I do both, I get a Gold Star. You can see in the graphic above that I’ve already had two successful days and I’m feeling pretty smug already! Can’t wait to see that whole page covered!
I’ll be posting updates along this journey to my Instagram account @debradev and my Facebook page. Follow along and post comments to encourage and keep me accountable. (Even coaches need accountability!)
What would you do?
There will be days when I don’t do either which means no star, of course, but what if I exercise but don’t meditate? Or mediate but don’t exercise?
Do those days get a different color star, or do I hold the bar high and leave it blank?
What do you think? Leave a comment below, and let me know what you’re planning for the New Year! How will you keep track and reward yourself?