Positive Changes in the New Year: 3 Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions by Jaya Jaya Myra
Planning your New Year's resolutions? Just take a second and consider this: over 90 percent of people abandon their resolutions within the first month. So, what can you do to succeed? Here are my top three tips for sticking with your New Year's resolutions:
- Cultivate a daily habit doing something you love. The reason most resolutions fail is that you’re trying to do something you really don’t want to. If you don’t already have a habit of doing something awesome every day, how can you ever expect yourself to be consistent doing something you likely hate? It’s not possible. Start with some good old self-care and time doing something meaningful just for you. This will give you the strength to adopt other lasting habits.
- Start small and grow as you succeed. Instead of saying you’ll exercise for 30 minutes a day, commit to something you can do every single day, no matter what. Maybe that’s five minutes a day! Maybe it’s something else altogether. The way to succeed is to cultivate a habit and rewire your brain, so start small and build gradually as you prove to yourself you can be successful.
- Start with cultivating meaning, not “shoulds.” We often set ourselves up for failure by making a goal to do something that we feel is necessary even if you have no personal connection to it at all. Like eating better. Exercising. Meditating. This is a recipe for failure because no one does what they “should” do, people do things that bring meaning to life and make them feel good. Things they connect with in an emotionally impactful way. If you make your resolutions around things that help cultivate meaning, you’ll find them much easier to keep because you’ll have an invested emotional interest.
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