It’s a New Year, and you’ve made a few resolutions … and one of those resolutions is to stick with your New Year’s resolutions. Apparently, about two thirds of us make a promise to change some habit at the start of each January, but less than 10 percent actually follow through and realize that goal. How can you buck the odds?
Reframe. Instead of thinking of your resolution as something bad that you want to stop, change your mindset and view it as something good you want to start.
Be sure. It is also important to pick a resolution that your really want to do, not something that you or someone else thinks you should do.
Be honest. If your aim is to run a 5K, but you can’t walk up a flight of stairs without becoming winded, then be honest about the challenge ahead and create a realistic plan of action.
Investigate. If you have followed through on all three of the previous tips, then investigate ways to achieve your goal. This may mean research about someone similar to you who has done what you want to do, or it could include information that helps you change your mindset. Whatever you discover may help you get back on track if you slip up or start to lose enthusiasm.
Be forgiving. And more than likely, you will slip up. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Accept that you are human and that you do make mistakes. Then forgive yourself, remember what that good habit you wanted to start was and begin again. A new you, like the New Year, is a constantly evolving process.
Christopher Stipp is the Director of Online Marketing for Massage Envy Spa. Connect with Christopher on Google+.