Taking Charge of the New Year
True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
Many people begin the New Year by making resolutions. We’ve all been there. We take a vow to lose weight, exercise more or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great intentions, but then we quickly relapse into old habits. Maybe you’ve noticed yourself slipping into old habits already. So why is it so hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions? Often it has to do with the lack of clarity and support needed to accomplish your goals.
Here are some ways you can take charge of the new year and make your intentions a reality:
- Write down your intentions and keep them in a visible place, like taped to your bedroom mirror, your fridge, or the dashboard of your car.
- Get to the source of whatever is keeping you in a rut. Are you in a stressful relationship that causes you to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every night? Are you stressed at your job and feel too tired to exercise after work? If you don’t tackle the root of the behavior, it will be much harder to accomplish your goal.
- Be clear about what your life will look like once you achieve your goal. If you resolve to go to the gym more, how will this benefit you? Get connected to the result of your action, and you will be more likely to stick with your plan.
- Share your resolutions with friends and family. Hold each other accountable for achieving your goals. If you want to go to the gym more, have a friend call you a couple times a week to check on you, or invite them to join you.
- Reward yourself with every little accomplishment. If your intention is to lose weight and you lose 1 pound a week, pamper yourself.
Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan.