Make a declaration, not a resolution

It's January and we all know what that means: resolutions, resolutions and more resolutions. This is the time of the year when
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

It’s January and we all know what that means: resolutions, resolutions and more resolutions. This is the time of the year when everyone evaluates their life. We then decide what needs to stay and what should go. At the top of everyone’s list is usually their health.

From a trainer’s eyes, nothing makes us happier.

Everyone wants to look and feel better, so losing weight is first on the list of resolutions. Stop for a moment and ask yourself this question:

“Are my New Year’s resolutions ever fulfilled or successful?” If your answer was “no,” allow me to give you a small tip that will produce big results.

My advice to my clients and the readers is to try something different this year. Instead of making a New Year’s resolution, try making a New Year’s declaration. What is a declaration?

The definition of a declaration is “to state an official intention to undertake a particular course of action or adopt a particular status.” It’s simply a positive statement that you make emphatically, aloud.

Why are declarations such a valuable tool? It requires consistent action that will send a powerful message to your subconscious mind daily. A declaration is not saying something is true; it’s stating that we have intentions on making it true in the future. The key is involvement.

Approach your declaration from the old saying, “what you hear, you forget, what you see, you remember, what you do, you understand.”

The first step in change is awareness. Stating your declaration every morning and night, keeps you aware of the change that needs to take place, and by stating it aloud, you are sending that powerful message to your subconscious mind. That action gives the declaration life.

I’ll give you an example of a powerful declaration. “If I want to change the visible, I must first change the invisible. I will live healthy. I will nourish, exercise and rest my mind, body and spirit on a daily basis. I will have a healthy mind.” Start by stating this declaration morning and night and after 21 days, this will be a habit and life should start forming in your declaration.

The Bottom Line: If you want to change the visible you must first change the invisible.

Tyra James is the owner and a personal trainer at Weigh of Life, 2208 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky.