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3 Tips to Start 2012 Strong

3 Tips to Start 2012 Strong

I love that clean slate feeling that comes at the beginning of a new year!  It helps me turn away from difficulties and face possibilities. It also helps me forgive myself for past mistakes and feel empowered to do better moving forward.  And yes, it inspires me to make a resolution of some sort, usually related to health and self-improvement.

But if you’re like me (and pretty much everybody I know for that matter!), you may need a little hand with your resolutions.  So before a “same old same old” feeling ruins your positive vibes, here are 3 suggestions to consider:

  • Make sure to have lots of positive reminders for your new intentions visibly in sight. For example, if you want to do a better job managing your stress this year, change your computer password to “relax2012” and make your screen saver say “I am in control”.  You can also formally schedule a 10-minute break each day to meditate or go for a walk and have your calendar alert you when the time comes each day. Carry a card in your wallet that says “when a door closes, a window opens” and have a candle in your restroom so you can take care of your bedtime prep in a soft soothing light. With your intentions not being out of sight, they won’t be out of mind!
  • Check out my appearance on Women Speak Radio. Dr. Nancy and I will help you discover why you inevitably want to dive in the tub of ice cream after a long day at work – and how to change that unfortunate pattern.  If you are prone to emotional eating every now and then, this is a show you won’t want to miss!  Available January 6th through the 11th.
  • Join my co-author Kathryn and me for “Smarts and Stamina for the New Year“, an online class starting January 16th. We will give you all the techniques you need to make 2012 the last year you resolve to … (fill in the blank with pretty much anything you’ve resolved more than once!).  More specifically, we’ll show you how to:
    • Get out of the one thinking trap that can kill your ability to feel capable of change
    • Sleep tight at night and avoid insomnia
    • Enjoy healthier foods and stop emotional eating
    • Cultivate a sunny mood and silence that internal voice that criticizes you
    • Fit exercise into your day
As we start 2012, Kathryn and I wish you only the best!  May this be your most fulfilling year yet, full of health, happiness, and success!  😉

MJ Shaar – in 20 seconds


MJ is one of the most sought-after experts blending positive psychology and health promotion. She spent over 15 years coaching, teaching, speaking, researching and testing smart health habits. Marie-Josée Shaar received her undergrad at McGill University in Organizational Behavior, followed by a Master of Applied Positive Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. She's certified as a Wellness Culture Coach, a Personal Trainer, and a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.

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