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Intentions, goals and resolutions oh my! January is typically the time we set these “life game changers” and get ourselves excited to begin anew and create the life of our dreams. As we move into March please ask yourself “how’s it going?”. And I am thinking of forming a support group for anyone like me who has begun a new year ready to “make this year the year” only to find themselves by the beginning of Spring wishing for a “do over”. Yes, I come from the school of “Big Vision” and I love to put grand aspirations out into the Universe to be taken up and made real. As I have grown, my personal experience has taught me that there is a better way to make manifest one’s goals and the way is small in size but giant in results. This powerful path of making daily “baby steps” towards continual improvement is what the Japanese refer to as Kaizen. If you are ready to make this year one that is marked by greater peace, growth, success and a less stressful way to create positive and empowering changes in your life, this path of “lesser resistance” will be sure to deliver greater growing good along the way to your desired destination.

As a clinician and scientist I have had the honor of witnessing and stewarding the path of powerful intentions by thousands of patients in the area of health, wellness, happiness, success and overall life fulfillment. I have learned that those who truly realize their goals and intentions for the long and sustainable run are the ones who are able to move consistently towards their vision without verbatto and fanfare. They instead place their ego in the backseat and put their hearts front and center to direct the orchestration of allowing more awesome. These intention-manifesting ninja’s are able to engage at the level of little and enjoy being on purpose and not outcome. Knowing that the joy comes with the daily discipline of doing the work and trusting that this more patient practice will deliver on one’s desire.

Yes, the best things really do come in small packages. Perhaps your intention is to sit better each day. Start by making a conscious effort to keep your feet planted on the floor and your back straight. Because your body isn’t used to the correct sitting position, it might be uncomfortable at first, so try sitting well for an hour and then building up from there. The BackJoy seat will be a great help.

Maybe your goal is just to exercise daily for 20 minutes. Begin with dedicating your self to walking in place while your brush your teeth for the first week. Add a second small step pressing soup cans above your head while your tea water comes to a boil. You will have your 20 minutes achieved within weeks and a strong foundation of building blocks to keep your commitment strong.

With any goal this formula works wonders. Improve the health of your diet? Begin with one meal per day. Want a daily meditation practice? Own one minute and grow from there. Anything you desire requires you to simply ask “what small step can I take?” And take that step.

But wait—there’s more and a wonderful “side effect” to this small step growth practice. You are able to be present for your greatness. You get to witness your power, your dedication and demonstration of faith in yourself in action…and the world does too. Imagine your self-love and self-care as forces for social activism. Your small step to your best year changes the world in your wake.

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.