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REFLECT AND PLAN
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
“It is paramount to believe in yourself
because it’s your thoughts plus the
emotions you attach to them that determine
your outcomes,” says Corbin.
Assume you can do anything you
set your mind to.
“Build your business but take
time to do the things that feed your
soul,” says Corbin. Do what makes
you happy — and relaxed — as often
as you can. “Remember to get out
in nature and hike, listen to music,
drive, meditate, work out.”
Set an attainable goal for which you
could see results sooner than later,
suggests Marc Buccellato, who co-owns
On the Marc Training, a Long Island
mobile fitness company, with his wife,
Be specific in your language. Aim
to lose a half a pound to a pound per
week vs. 50 pounds this year.
“Just a like job and getting promotions,
good things take time,” and
work, he says.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
For people to stay fit and obtain their
goals, it’s really about consistency.
“You want to be able to train three
times per week to get results and
maintain results,” says Buccellato.
“Stay active on the days you are not
Take a walk, ride your bike, or rake
MAKE A PLAN
If you want to save money, “break
it down," says Alex Jamieson, a coach
and mentor on Long Island. “Be the
person who says ‘no' to the impulse
buys and who decides to cook at home
rather than eat out.”
Start small. If your goal is to eat
healthier, add healthier food to your
grocery list. If you want to be more
positive, “avoid toxic relationships
and becoming overly focused on
social media,” suggests Jamieson.
Will you need childcare? Can you
afford to join a gym?
Discuss options with your partner
or close friend. Make them aware of
how important your goals are.
Utilize apps like Trello to track results
— sleep hours, for example — or
Google Calendar to note activities completed
and missed, suggests Jamieson.
“How many days did I go outside
for a walk? Have I gone to Pilates this
When putting a plan into action, be sure to monitor your progress.
Check in with yourself.
“How am I feeling?” Pencil in “me
time” as well as quality time with
friends and family.
Whether it’s losing weight, exercising
more, or saving money, “If
a person starts working on their
self-esteem or negativity, they are
going to feel more deserving of setting
certain resolutions and probably be
more successful, too,” says Kathleen
Dwyer-Blair, director and owner of
Nassau Guidance and Counseling.
Practice gratitude, she suggests.
There may be underlying
causes that make accomplishing
resolutions challenging, says
“Consider, ‘Are there emotional
obstacles preventing me from living
the life I want?’”
A therapist can help identify the
source of struggle and “help individuals
work through it.”
PLAN FOR MISTAKES
“If you mess up, come from a place
of curiosity,” advises Jamieson.
Was it an achievable goal?
“Successful people will make mistakes
or fail, yet they see each step as
an opportunity to grow their level of
awareness,” reminds Corbin.
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The first step is to make a plan.