Every year I seem to start the year off with a bang, and begin full of excitement & enthusiasm over my new year’s resolutions. By March most of them are demoted to ‘great but idealistic’ ideas, and by July I miserably pull my resolutions chart off the fridge. What is it about new year’s resolutions that makes them so hard to stick to on a long term basis?!
At a (tame family) party on new year’s eve, I heard a quote that made me smile. ‘New year’s resolutions are opportunities to revive old bad habits.’
My dry sense of humor enjoyed that one, but it got me really thinking about how to make my NEW new year’s resolutions count this year, and not just fade into the routine of normal life as they always do.
52 Small Changes – Revise your Resolutions
Perhaps a better way to approach new resolutions is by trying the approach of Wellness coach and writer Brett Blumenthal: make 52 small changes this year. One small change in your life, per week. Instead of trying to reinvent yourself in a few big areas in BIG ways, perhaps you’d be more successful in the long run in sticking to your goals, if you created a small change per week, and then focused just on that new change each week.
We are creatures of habit, and be they good or bad, habits are hard to change! Trying to go cold turkey from 1 January and reinvent yourself in huge ways may work for the few VERY strong-willed, but won’t prove successful for long with most of us!
Begin with a Resolutions list TODAY!
If you haven’t already made a New Year’s Resolutions list, I encourage you to write one! Make this year different – improve yourself and make those changes count! Write a list of things you resolve to change/create/improve this year, starting with 4 changes you’d like to implement this month, and take the first step! 🙂
We’d love to know what your New Year’s Resolutions are!! Let us know! 🙂