Every year, comes January 1 and our list of resolutions:
- Stay fit and healthy
- Lose weight
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Spend less, save more
- Spend more time with family and friends
When February arrives however, we forget half of them. By June, we have given up and don’t even know where the list is. By December, we feel a little sad and disappointed so we think New Years resolutions will make us feel better. New year, new me!
You’re not alone! Only 8 percent of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions
- One year is too long – we often seek and need instant gratification to keep us going.
- Your resolution list is too long – It is easy to feel overwhelmed and therefore give up when there is too much to do.
- You’re overly ambitious – although a resolution is a decision to make a big change, when resolutions are too ambitious, we tend to feel discouraged.
So instead of making yet another list of new year’s resolutions, do this instead:
Focus on changing one habit at a time, throughout the year.
Say, one area of your life where you are less than impressed with is your health and fitness. There are countless ways you can improve your health and lose the extra pounds you added during the holidays. Instead of making the resolution to get back to your high school weight this year, you might decide to get into the habit of controlling your portion sizes and slow down when you eat so you give your brain time to signal you when you’re full. This new habit will require some little efforts every day but it will also allow you to see mini victories for yourself every day!
By focusing on changing one habit at a time and celebrating every small win, you keep the momentum going and boost your confidence, which in turns gets you on the path to achieving your goal. Once your new habit becomes second nature and you can say you are the type of person that never over-eats and takes their time to appreciation their meals, then you can move on to your next habit. By doing so, you are guaranteed to stick to your new goal, see results and feel more confident about yourself and your life!
What is the one habit you will change in 2018?