All New Hope Sparkles for 2017

By Sandi Anderson

After a year of contested elections, unpredictable weather, and natural disasters (the list goes on), worry has become commonplace.  We could use a new dose of hope. New hope for the New Year 2017 is doable. Even a small twinkle of hope can turn those feelings about. It’s time to create new “hope twinkles.”

“A hope sparkle is that special event, thought, or words someone said that inspired us to keep going.” Sandi-ism 11-30-2016

Yes, life can seem pretty bleak. Especially when we keep meeting resistance and the goals we set are not reached. We can begin to believe there is no reason to keep going. When we can’t get to where we would like to be and don’t feel we have any control in our life, it can start to seem like “Why bother?” “Who’s going to care?” or “What is the point?”

That’s where hope comes in. Hope can turn us from despair. It’s a deep life energy, a reason to live. It’s the fuel for trusting intentions to manifest our desires. When we face challenges in life, hope is the magic elixir that can help us stay strong and persevere.

The “I am” statements are powerful makers of the good we do, have, see, and are. Statements such as “I am not,” “I can’t,” “I never,” or “I am always” chip away at our reserves of confidence and resilience. In this state of mind, we begin to lose the ability to see the “twinkles and sparkles” of hope in everyday life. When that happens, it’s time to create new hope twinkles.

Here are some steps to creating new twinkles of hope:

1. Ask yourself how would you really want your life to look.
What would it include? Think of the absolute best. Be specific. If it’s a job, what are you doing? Where? What are your friends like? Note how these new ideas feel, how your attitude changes. Use statements such as, “I can do…,” “I am worthy of…,”  “I can start….”

2. Compare your ideal vision to what you have now.
This will give insight into areas of your life that are in line with your vision, areas needing attention. Have any parts of your vision already showed up in your life? Those twinkles tell you hope is around. Acknowledge them. They’re yours.

3. Reflect (honestly) whether this is a realistic expectation.
You really expect to be a millionaire, but you don’t know what the job will be. Start with a step you can do and will be able to achieve. Believe you do have the answer.

4. Set Goals.
Be Specific. Be open to finding different ways to achieve them. Are they measurable? Remember to celebrate the small twinkles of success. Have short-term, mid-term, and long-range goals. Start and end times. Write this all down.

5. Action.
What are some things you can do right now to create and achieve your goals? You are worth the effort.

Sandi Anderson, CHTP, RM & Intuitive Life & Soul Coach. Energetic Healing.

5 Ways to Keep Your Resolutions This Year

By Abbie Burgess

Setting a goal for the new year is only the beginning. Now it’s time to make it happen! Casey Wick, director of personal training at Gold’s Gym in Eau Claire, has valuable advice for resolution newbies and seasoned goal-setters alike.

Set a reasonable goal and break it into little milestones.

“Don’t overwhelm yourself!” Casey Wick advises clients. “To make healthy a habit, you need to make a gradual transition.” Reaching one goal each week helps to make big resolutions manageable. “For example, if better nutrition is the goal, a client could stop drinking soda first. Once that goal is accomplished, they could go on to cut all fast food out of their diet.”

Find a support system.

An important step to keeping resolutions is to involve others in your journey. Wick advocates for hiring a personal trainer to help with fitness goals. She’s also seen clients start Facebook groups with friends and family to build a resolution-keeping support group. “If you have a setback or a bad week, they can be there to encourage you to not give up.”

Reward yourself. 

Pick an incentive to reward yourself for reaching a small goal along the way. Wick recommends a small nonfood reward such as a book or a movie. When you’re looking forward to rewarding yourself, you’re more likely to keep going. Not all people are motivated by rewards, so Wick recommends using physical reminders such as post-it notes is to avoid diabetes or be able to play with your grandchildren, remind yourself why you got started.”

Stay positive.

Setbacks happen. Maybe you’ve added on those pounds you lost last week, but wellness resolutions are not always about the number on the scale! “If you feel better and are making positive changes, you’re succeeding,” Wick says. “Look at the milestones you’ve already accomplished.” Don’t let one setback keep you from pursuing your goal!

Use technology to your advantage.

Constantly on your smartphone? Use that to your advantage. Wick recommends using apps to help her clients reach their fitness goals.Whether your resolution is to drink more water or work out every day, you can customize an app to help track your progress. Her favorite is an app called MyFitnessPal for its ease of use and the ability to connect with friends.

Try these tips to turn your New Year’s resolution into a dream come true!