50 Best New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

Write Resolution ListDo you have trouble writing or keeping New Years resolutions? How do we decide what are the best resolutions for our bodies, minds and spirit?  How do we keep from breaking resolutions? Here are 50 best New Year’s resolutions for people of all ages and lifestyles, a little history about resolutions and helpful tips on choosing what works and what doesn’t work for you. Continue reading

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10 Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, health and wellness friends!

Tips for Keeping New Year's Resolutions

How do we keep New Year’s Resolutions? Why do we fail at achieving goals? How do we succeed at achieving goals?   This is the time of year when we are looking at the year passed and making decisions and goals about our future.  But many of us have problems keeping these goals or even taking a step forward.

 

WHY DO WE HAVE TROUBLE ACHIEVING GOALS?
There are many reasons why people fail at achieving goals or New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Fear of success
  2. Fear of failure
  3. Lack of accountability and responsibility
  4. Poor organizational skills
  5. Setting unspecific goals that are too broad (such as “Be healthy”).
  6. Setting unachievable, unrealistic goals, and not accepting limitations
  7. Need of support system (support groups, friends, partner)
  8. Bad habits of avoidance behaviors and procrastination
  9. Fear of competition
  10. Choosing a goal that is not important, so there is no motivation
  11. Maintaining a negative image and an inability to see the goal achieved

Writing Goals

HOW DO WE SUCCEED AT ACHIEVING GOALS?
Here are 10 tips for achieving success with your goals:

  1. Set achievable goals that you have the talent and skill to complete.
  2. Choose goals you truly care about and are motivated to achieve
  3. Be specific (“eat vegetables 3 X a day” instead of “be healthy”).
  4. Work with a goal buddy and agree to check on eachother weekly.
  5. Break it down and write smaller goals on your calendar every day.
  6. If you don’t reach your daily or weekly goal, start over the next day
  7. Be willing to change your goal if you made it too difficult.
  8. Forgive yourself for making mistakes and allow slips with tolerance.
  9. Use creative imagination techniques to manifest, see, and BE it.
  10. Most importantly, do your homework. Look down deep inside yourself and face any emotional or mental blocks to your goal such as: fear of success, fear of failure, low self-esteem, etc.  Release these blocks to the universe, seek help if needed and begin anew.

Best wishes to you in this new year from your friends at Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.

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Jean E. DartJean Dart, M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University, is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.” She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder, and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, a 501(c)3 health education nonprofit organization. To find out more about our Health Educators, or to apply as a Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance writer or volunteer, visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com

Disclaimer:  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.

 

Seize the day! Carpe Diem!

As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم), health and wellness friends!

Seize the Day

Click, copy, and share with friends and family members. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  -Robert Brault.  Carpe Diem – Seize the day!

Today “Seize the day” comes to mind, or Carpe Diem. Just what does that mean and how does one do it?  Well, it’s another beautiful day here on the Monterey Bay. Blue skies, puffy, white clouds, bright, warm sun. We are grateful for the fresh, clean ocean air. It’s the perfect time to “seize the day!”

People are going holiday shopping, hiking in the mountains, getting haircuts, cooking food, cleaning house, doing laundry, going to church, watching television,  filling out Christmas cards, attending a business meeting, posting comments on Facebook, washing the car, exercising at the gym, flying in an airplane, meditating, and paying bills.  So who is seizing the day and who isn’t? Not easily determined by outer appearances. It is all about listening to ourselves, and not about listening to what is “right” or “wrong” according to some other authority.

Here at the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance we determined to be seizing the day and accomplishing our goals. But first we have to set goals. Sometimes it’s not easy. It takes continued focus, vision, and discipline, and often rewriting goals or making new ones. So what does it mean to seize the day and how do we accomplish it? Here is what a few people have to say about it.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
― Helen Keller, The Open Door

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”
― Hans Christian Andersen

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”
― Emily Dickinson

“Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.”
― Braveheart

“Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive.”
―Elbert Hubbard

“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.”
―Zachary Scott

“Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.”
―Annie Dillard

“Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today. ”
―James Dean

So it seems from Helen, Eleanor, Ben, Hans, Emily, Braveheart and the others that “seizing the day” is about spending one’s time wisely and taking immediate action, and one other important quality…enjoyment.  But what gets in the way of us taking immediate action and choosing joy? Sometimes plenty!  It seems the mind plays tricks on us and gets us to do other things rather than focusing on our primary goal…our vision…our dream…our joy.  If we don’t keep focused on our dream, then we never reach it.

Today I saw a video about a vet who lost 140 pounds doing yoga. He had been been a paratrooper and had injured his spine and knees multiple times. He was told by many doctors that he would would never walk normally again and that all physical therapy programs would fail. He succeeded through perseverance and disciplined effort and using a coach to inspire and motivate him. Now gone are the days of the past when he would spend hours sitting on the couch watching television. That changed the moment he made a conscious decision to seize the day!  It wasn’t easy. In the beginning, he fell down, over and over again. But he got back up, because a friend offered a helping hand. He cast aside his two canes and leg braces and is now exercising regularly.  He is enjoying the day, living his life to the fullest, healthy and physically fit.

The truth is that sometimes we need a little help from our friends:  Acupuncturists, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, fitness coaches, Tai Chi instructors, yoga instructors, authors, psychic healers, hypnotherapists, channelers, Reiki Masters, aromatherapists, naturopaths, health practitioners, etc.  Here at the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, we are your health and wellness friends and offer a helping hand when needed, providing access to people, events, resources and services that you are seeking.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
―Robert Brault.

Thank you, Robert Brault.  Carpe Diem! So how will YOU seize the day today? Enjoy our gift to you, this downloadable poster creation from the MBHA.

~Best wishes from your friends at Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.

Life: It’s a Gift! – 25 Motivational Quotes

What makes some more motivated than others?  Why do some succeed where others fail?  How can we keep working toward our goals when all odds are against us?

Jogger

Life is a gift, but let’s face it. Sometimes it can be tough and we need a little motivation to achieve our goals or just simply make it through a tough day. Here are our top 25 motivational quotes to inspire and uplift you:

    1. Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it. -Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister
    2. Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. -Dan Stanford
    3. Anyone can do something when they WANT to do it. Really successful people do things when they don’t want to do it.-Dr. Phil
    4. There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.-Dr. Denis WaitleyMotivated Workers
    5. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.  -Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari Computer
    6. The best way to predict the future is to create it. -Unknown
    7. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. -George CarlinThumbs Up
    8. Fear is the result of a lack of confidence. A lack of confidence is the result of not knowing what you can do. A lack of knowing what you can do is caused by a lack of experience. A lack of experience is caused by a lack of doing something new. -Dale Carnegie
    9. Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. -Albert Einstein
    10. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. -Henry David Thoreau
    11. Inspiration and genius–one and the same. -Victor Hugo
    12. To find what you seek in the road of life, the best proverb of all is that which says: “Leave no stone unturned.” -Edward Bulwer LyttonChild Thumbs Up
    13. Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is ours. –Thomas Fuller
    14. Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. -George Santayana
    15. Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.  -Carl Sandburg
    16. I get knocked down. But I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.  -Chumbawamba
    17. Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time. –Elbert Green Hubbard
    18. When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived. -Henry David Thoreau
    19. Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose– a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” – Mary ShelleySilly Happy Family
    20. There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. –Tony Robbins
    21. To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
    22. It’s great to be great, but its greater to be human. –Will Rogers
    23. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking
    24. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein
    25. First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. -Mahatma Gandhi

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Jean E. DartThis article is written by Jean Voice Dart,  M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University. Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.”  She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3  nonprofit health and wellness education organization.  For more information about  the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.

Disclaimer: The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.

Persistence – The Secret to Success

Hello, wellness friends.

We at MBHA are discovering that nature often teaches us profound wisdom. Today the focus is on persistence and perseverance. Buddha says, “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through persistence.”  This is a gentle reminder of the miracles that occur when we use fearless, focused intention with perseverance and persistence.

Faith, persistence, and gratitude make miracles happen.

Persistence

Click and copy to share with friends. Focused effort and relentless, disciplined, perseverance and faith make miracles happen.

What is the secret to those who are successful in making their life dreams a reality? It is persistence, tenacity, drive, motivation, and hard work.  Einstein is quoted as saying, “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.”  The same or similar quotes can be found about success, happiness, and other cherished goals and desired achievements.  When we combine persistence with faith, and  a loving and grateful heart, this is when we see results.

It’s not enough just to work hard.  A hard worker who is a bitter, resentful angry one, will surely fail and this victim consciousness can affect others. This is because he/she is manifesting negativity and wallowing in his/her own swill. To make miracles happen and achieve our dreams, we must combine hard work with a grateful heart.  We keep the positive vision, yet take action.

“Vision without execution is hallucination.”
― Thomas A. Edison

There is no better example of this basic principle of manifestation than in nature. Nature shows us over and over again of the law of manifestation. We see this in the sun, the wind, the rain, the plants, and the animals. It’s the law of cause and effect.  What we give out to the universe, is what we receive back in turn.

So today we  here at MBHA remember the words of Buddha and the persistence of the rolling river, and we are grateful to you and to our universe for the many lessons and blessings of the earth.

With love and joy in life,
Your MBHA health and wellness friends