We are 10 days into the New Year. How are you doing with your resolutions?
Every January 1 feels like a great time to start New Year’s resolutions. The trouble with them is that while many of us begin with great intentions, they typically fall flat by the end of the month if not sooner. The research claims that only 8% of the people that start resolutions actually are successful in completing them. Here are a few tips to make them sustainable:
1. Keep them simple – chances are better when you make it easy and not complicated. If you have big goals – then break them down into manageable parts.
2. Create a habit of practicing everyday. Create a ritual that you can easily follow. Consider finding an accountability partner with someone who wants to make changes as well and is willing to communicate with you daily. For example, make a list of positive affirmations to bring about the change you want to experience and agree to text them to each other first thing in the day.
3. Be consistent – consistency gets the job done! There is no better example than the old childhood story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise is consistent in putting one foot in front of the other to cross the finish line.
4. Write it down! The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written – imagine that it is December 31 and you just had the best year ever – how would your chapter read…write it down so that you will focus on what you want to accomplish.
Remember, making change is only as hard as you think it is and like Henry Ford reminds us…whether you think you can or you think you can’t you’re right!