Okay. You’re all ready for 2015. You are committed to making this the year that you finally make all of your resolutions stick. You’re no longer going to eat junk food, have so many cocktails, work seven days a week or eat late at night. And you really succeed with all of this for a few weeks.

Without even realizing it, you have a great big burger, smoke half a pack of cigarettes in a single night, and after consulting a calendar and finding out that January 26 is Australia Day, you decide to chase your nicotine-filled naughtiness with several pieces of Pavlova for dessert. You also have it during Australia’s dinner time, which for you is closer to 1 in the morning.

Why do we always fall off the wagon? Because we make crucial mistakes in how we relate to the New Year. We put all sorts of pressure on ourselves to live a completely different life, when really, we just need to take a step back and treat ourselves with a gentler touch. There are three reasons why 2015 will be different from all years past, and when you embrace these reasons, you’ll never need to set a New Year’s resolution again.

Reason #1
You will commit yourself to growth, not change. When we make a resolution, we’re simply committing ourselves to doing something differently than we’ve done in the past. This doesn’t establish a cause for the behavior itself. All imbalances have a root cause, and it’s not until we set an intention to identify that cause and work through it that we create any real opportunity to see it end. When we identify the causes of our struggles and work past them, we do more than just change; we grow. This year, begin identifying why certain self-destructive behaviors might have emerged in your life.

Reason #2
You will build slowly over the course of the year. When it comes to resolutions, we’re awfully hard on ourselves. We resolve to quit smoking or stop late-night eating. But if we’re accustomed to a certain lifestyle, quitting outright can be traumatic and lead us to want to reverse that trauma down the line. This year, break up the alterations to your lifestyle in incremental amounts, setting a specific goal just for that week. Then, once you’ve achieved that goal, set a new one for the week that follows.

Reason #3
You will remember to breathe before you react. On the Yogic path, we value a slow, full breath as one of the most important aspects of a life of growth. Breathing in this way helps us to lessen the severity of a reaction to something—like when we didn’t have the holiday festivities that we had hoped for. Usually, we take this disappointment out on our bodies, such as anesthetizing ourselves with food. But if we remember to breathe in response to a stressful moment, we will lessen the severity of our reaction and lessen the harm we do to our body as well. This year, begin taking a full breath in and out of your nose (count to three as you inhale, and count to six as you exhale) whenever you encounter a distressing moment.

How do you ensure that you never need another New Year’s resolution again? By remembering that you never really needed them in the first place. Have a blessed year and remember to enjoy yourself. Namaste.

Pick up Yogi Cameron’s The One Plan for more Ayurvedic tips and practices.

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Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.