New Year's Resolutions
How often we make them. How seldom do we make them a part of our routine and lives long term.
Why? Do we set our sights too high? Choose goals too hard? Are we unrealistic in our ability to make changes?
Probably all of the above.
Could this year be different for us?
I believe so.
Here are some fun facts regarding New Year’s resolutions: 45% of people set New Year's resolutions, 38% never set them and everyone else falls in between. Here’s the clincher, of those who set them, only8% actually achieve their goals.
What makes those 8% stick to it? And what can you do differently this year to make concrete, lasting change in your life?
For starters, pick one just one thing to work on. Then, break it down to little bite size pieces.
My goal last year was to drink more water. Nothing else. I knew it was a smart choice and would benefit my body hugely. However, Diet Coke was my go to drink, so I knew this was going to test me. I startedwith small, measureable changes. I put a large 24oz cup by my coffee pot and committed to chug that whole cup before I put anything else in my body EVERY day.
I did it. I stuck with it until it became a habit and when I do on occasion forget, I miss it and go back and get that cup down.
Once that was second nature, I was able to add more water during the day and eventually I was able to replace the Diet Coke with seltzer water.
Could I drink more water than I do now? Sure, but I am headed in the right direction and I got here with one small shift. Bonus, I have not slid back into my previous bad habits.
I was successful because I kept it simple, measurable and I recommitted to my resolution every single day.
Here are a few tips for you to be and 8 percenter:
Make a decision. No more waffling, starting tomorrow, or trying. Decide to do it then put actions behind your decision. You are no longer trying to drink more water each day. You drink more water each day. Period.
Pick one word to focus on, like “water”. This is a positive way of looking at the goal rather than focusing on the fact that I want to quit drinking diet coke. Think about your word. Post it everywhere. Your fridge, your bathroom mirror, your steering wheel, your computer screen. Put a reminder on your phone. Put an empty glass in every room. Engrain your word/goal into your life. Then, measure your progress, especially in the beginning. Write down your achievements and relish in them. In fact, write down your struggles too. See them for what they are and use them to refocus.
Think of your goal as seeking MORE of something instead of LESS of the opposite. In my case, focusing on drinking MORE water rather than looking at depriving myself of the Diet Coke. Seeking to eating MORE veggies rather than eating LESS sugar, etc. Visualize this as increasing the good which will crowd out the not so good. Eventually the things you are trying to eliminate will naturally fade away over time.
Finally, you can break your resolution into mini monthly goals. Build on your smaller achievements and gain momentum as you progress.
Change is hard, but once you make the decision, it is easier. The impossible suddenly doable. Get support, start small and go for it!
Believe you can do it and you will.