Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? More importantly, did you convince yourself that THIS WAS THE YEAR you’d see it through? All too often, after a few weeks of dedication and action, people either lose interest, give up, or rationalize how they’ve achieved enough of their goal.
Here are 4 rules of the road to sticking to your New Years resolution:
- It takes 21 days to make a habit
If you are dedicated to changing something about your life or yourself, it takes 21 days of conscious effort to create a habit (at the very least). Ever notice why around week 2-3 you either make or break some of your best self-promises? Mark your calendar to encourage yourself at key milestones in your goal. If you break your groove now, you won’t have a true “habit” yet to break!
- Remember why
You made your resolution for a reason. New Years is the easiest time of year for people to change part of their life. Unfortunately, it is also the easiest time of year for people to give up on positive change. Remind yourself why a particular change means something to you. People rarely choose an easy resolution (and if they do, these are the resolutions they forget about within a week). You chose to make positive change because of some spark and purpose inside you. You can’t start a fire without nursing that spark and giving it the chance to grow.
- Remember why NOT
Every year I hear people tell me their resolutions. They want to lose 10 pounds, travel more, quit their job, pursue a life passion, etc., but year after year I hear people make the SAME resolution. Isn’t the goal to succeed? This isn’t a whim or social fad; it’s your life. Think about why you might be stuck in the same resolution-cycle and why you’re not seeing results. The key to success is aligning your goals with actual action. A slight adjustment or refocused-aim combined with conscious effort is the difference between you and your rebel genius.
- Change doesn’t have a season
I’m going to shock you with something. You may want to sit down for this. Ready? OK. You have the power to change your life anytime you want. *GASP* I know, right?! New Years is an amazing time to reflect on what we want for ourselves. It is a magical time of year when we start to examine ourselves, but imagine how amazing your life would be if you thought that way every day. Take the idea of a “resolution” out of things for the next few months. Agree to make a new change every month or every quarter and reality check yourself along the way. Better yet, let’s take the word “change” out of things, too. Agree to consciously improve yourself and work towards goals rather than towards the status quo.