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FitDeck Blog with Founder Phil Black

Start Planning for 2015 Now!

Posted by Phil Black on November 9th, 2014

Start your New Year’s Resolutions Early

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of New Year’s Resolutions falling by the wayside. I’ve started planning for 2015 now – a full seven weeks ahead of time.

Maybe I’m the only one, but when I start to think about New Year’s Resolutions somewhere around December 30th, it’s too late.  I’m too distracted and my ambitious plans are quickly overcome by events by the first week in January.

It’s hard to flip the switch so abruptly.  If the “11th-hour plan” doesn’t work smoothly the first few days, I’m ready to throw in the towel (stupid New Year’s Resolutions).  The margin for error is small and the risk of disappointment is high.

Don’t fall prey to this strategy. It sets us up for failure.

My goal is to ease into the New Year with very little drama and fanfare. This year, I started planning a full 60 days ahead of time. I’ve been using this time to plan, prepare, and test-drive my new programs – allowing for plenty of time to adjust.

For example, I have been test-driving a new morning ritual for the last few weeks.  I wake up at 5:30am every morning and the very first thing I do is go outside.

I walk around and observe the environment for about 10 minutes.  If it’s dark I stare at the stars, if it’s cold I watch my breath, if it’s sunny I enjoy the warmth.  I make a connection with nature in some way, however small. I try to identify and observe at least one animal in its natural habitat (e.g. bird, ant, cat, dog, fly, etc).

I then perform a breathing exercise, a light stretching routine, and a prayer. The routine lasts 15-20 minutes. I call it “priming”.  It’s invigorating and amazingly calming.

Importantly, I do this before checking email, glancing at a newspaper or iPad, eating, or pouring “my” morning coffee. This helps me to begin the day with a clear mind.

This habit took several weeks to get used to. The first few days I couldn’t resist checking my email first.  Then it took me a while to get used to finding an animal in the wild. Then I had to adjust to different weather conditions.

By now, I’m good to go. I love my morning “priming” routine and I know it will be a winner for 2015. I’ve put it through its paces, made necessary adjustments, and dialed it in just right.

My morning “prime” is one of several rituals that I am putting in place for 2015. The others include elements of hydration, exercise, eating, sleeping, and work habits.

With any luck, these plans will also be tested, tweaked, and ready for prime time when 2015 rolls around.

What are some of your best New Year’s Resolution strategies?

What do you hope to do in 2015 to enhance your life?

Best in health,

Phil Black

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