Statistics show that people who make a new year’s resolution stop by the third week of January. Well, here we are…..so…..how many of you are in that category? Not eating healthy anymore, M.I.A. at the gym, not connecting to family/friends like you wanted, staying more positive or whatever else you created.
First, don’t feel guilty! There is still time to get back up, dust yourself off and start again. I’m not one to make a new year’s resolution but I do find habit changes kind of fascinating. Why are they so hard to break/change? Why can’t you just do it? How do they become so ingrained in us that we freak out a little inside when change does happen?
I read The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…In Business and in Life by Leo Babauta. He talks about how if you want to make a habit change, you need to focus on one thing at a time for 30 days. Also, make it simple! Taking better care of yourself is way to broad. Narrow it in like, eat vegetables daily, write one positive thing about yourself, floss every day (don’t lie…you know you don’t do it every day, you do it 3 days before you are going to see the dentist). Do it for 30 days and move on to the next simple change. Also, give yourself a reward! I would want new shoes, of course, but it could be whatever makes you excited and want to succeed!
If you notice yourself slipping or that little voice is saying “forget about it!”, close your eyes, take a breath, and do it. You will be happy you did. It’s the small successes that build momentum.