Have you decided upon a goal for yourself? If not, that’s ok. You may need more time to think about it or, it just may not be the right time for you to commit to a significant lifestyle change. If you have committed to a lifestyle change, have you considered how you will maintain that behavior over time? One of the pieces of advice often offered in magazines to encourage people to stay the course is to enlist the aid of a buddy. Someone who will engage in the activity with you and to whom you will be accountable. If you’re considering this, tread with caution (and reread Creating Realistic Goals). You see, if you are truly committed to a lifestyle change, you will make necessary changes without the encouragement of anyone else. You are doing it for yourself, by yourself. If you need someone to prod you along and to hold you accountable, you’re not likely to succeed in the long run. Ideally, you should be committed to cooking a healthy meal, or attending an event, or hitting the gym regardless of whether someone is available to accompany or assist you. If you’re not ready to do this, you may want to reconsider whether your head and heart are truly ready to take on that goal right now.

Suggested reading:  The Art of Power by Thích Nhất Hạnh

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