I am not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions because I think people set themselves up for failure with them. And the more we fail, the more we expect to fail. Vicious cycle if you ask me.
To be perfectly honest, I’d much rather celebrate success than focus on what doesn’t work…
But we all still sense the need for change, and we all want it. And the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to get moving on changes. So how can we do it right? How can we set ourselves up for success?
This year, instead of trying so hard to be good, to work out more often or harder, to eat less junk, to be kinder, to sleep more, to drink less soda, to drink more water, to drink less beer, to laugh more, to pout less, and instead of failing within a few hours or days of the New Year’s resolution, I propose a simple plan:
Work on establishing new habits.
Tiny little habits. One at a time…
If your desire is to drink more water, start a habit of setting out 5 bottles of water on your counter in the morning so you can tell how much you actually did drink. Simple, right? It will remind you all day long of your desire to drink more water.
If you see the need to be pout less, start a habit of listing three things you are thankful for every single morning; I bet it will cause you to look at things differently…
I have been told that it takes 21 days to build a habit. That’s just three weeks.
~within three weeks, you could have a habit of not eating after 8 pm
~within three weeks, you could be in the habit of saying “I love you” more.
~within three weeks, you could actually really look forward to reading 10 minutes a day–and finish that book that’s been sitting on your night stand for the last two years.
A pretty good deal if you ask me…
How have YOU been successful at implementing changes in your life, and what changes are you planning in 2012?