If you are like millions of others, you will be contemplating what your New Year’s resolution should be this year. Every year, more and more people confess their resolutions, in hopes that this year will be “the year” that they can stick with it and experience a win. We have all been there – we vow to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, or spend more time doing fun things to combat stress.
Why is it so hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions? Most often, it is because we as humans expect immediate results. We want the quick fix and expect that after “trying” for a few weeks to be good, that it will somehow get easy. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, it has been shown that any change takes a minimum of 45 days to become a habit. So, do not beat yourself up this year when you set those resolutions – instead consider doing the following:
- No matter what your resolution is, you need to write it down and put it in a visible place. Matter of fact, put it in multiple places. Make it your computer screen saver, print several copies and tape on your car dashboard, bathroom mirror, in front of the T.V. This will help your intention become reality, by keeping it in front of you. Especially in areas where there is temptation. If you are looking to watch less T.V., place it there – you will think twice before sitting down. If you are looking to lose weight, place it on the refrigerator – you will not open that door as often.
- Sit down and think about what your life would look like when you reach your resolution or goal. Visualize what that will look like. It is important that you have a clear visualization of what the end result will look like. This will give you the added connection you need to reach the desired result.
- No matter what your resolution is, there is a reason you want to accomplish it – quit smoking, quit drinking, learn something new, get organized, etc. It is important to understand the root reason why you want to tackle this goal. Only then will you understand the real reason you want and need to do this and will stick with it more easily.
Change is hard for everyone and takes time. Do not expect that you can make a life-altering change overnight. Be patient and recruit your family and friends for support. It is important that you reward yourself along the way for small accomplishments – celebrate your accomplishments and before you know it, you will reach your intended resolution! Good luck with your journey – you can do it!
By Tammy Moorehead, CHHP, for the 50 Plus Report