Written By: B. Brown
As New Year’s Day approaches, people everywhere are excitedly preparing celebrations and pondering resolutions. Indeed, the New Year is significant, as it is the only holiday that beckons us all to reflect and renew! Of course, not everyone buys into into the hype. And despite New Year’s traditions dating back centuries, it is easy to find yourself jaded at the thought of New Year's Resolutions. After all, more than half of all resolutions fail within the first month. This is especially true when it comes to resolutions focused on weight loss and fitness. But that doesn’t mean you have to fall prey to old habits. This New Year is your chance to take charge of your life. Make your New Year resolutions count this year by following these 3 simple steps!
Step 1: Celebrate Whats Right About You!
One of the reason’s resolutions fail is they require a change of behavior in order to be accomplished. And changing behavior requires far more than just a resolve to do something different. Modern Neuroscience has shown behaviors are stored in the brain’s neural pathways. When we attempt to change our behavior, the stored memory creates a sort of default setting as an act of protection. Want success with your New Year's Resolutions? Instead of writing a list of what you want to change about yourself, reflect on your successes and right down your strengths and assets.
Step 2: Create a Vision
Have you ever set a goal, mapping it out using the SMART format. Specific, Measurable, Realistic, and Timely. It’s an excellent tool for creating concrete goals. Yet, so many people find just as much failure in with SMART goals as they do New Years Resolutions. The good news is, SMART goals are still an effective method for mapping out a goal. But what is a goal without a vision? Using your list of strengths and assets, reflect on where you are now. Honestly ask yourself where you want to be this same time next year and write it out. Next, challenge those programmed neural pathways and write out how your current strengths and assets will serve you in reaching your vision.
Step 3: The Power in Numbers
Many in society believe true success and happiness are achieved by will power and individual accomplishment. The truth is, nothing could be further from the truth. You can find true success and happiness through the support of community and the Rule of 3! What is the Rule of 3? Simply put, write out 3 realistic resolutions. If weight loss is your goal, instead of writing out, ‘Lose weight’, write out something specific that matches your vision. For example, ‘Exchange 3 eating habits with 3 healthier choices'. Instead of 'Get in shape', 'workout for onw hour 3 times a week’. Now, choose 3 friends that have the same goal and keep each other accountable. Review your progress in 3 months, and then challenge yourself using these same 3 steps!
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