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Do you love the possibilities each New Year brings?
If so, it’s because it resonates with your limitless self. That expansive essence of you that is the source of all possibilities. Yippeee 🙂
If not, it’s because you’ve experienced enough unfulfilled resolutions already. Meh 🙁
The positive potential inspires many of us to create a New Year’s resolution. But how many times have you resolved to make a profound change January 1, only to find that you’ve forgotten what it was, come June?
If that’s been your experience, don’t feel bad. That’s how it is for most of us.
92% of people who make a New Year’s resolution fail to stick with it. They begin full of anticipation and expectation that this year will be better than the last. They commit to creating the change they want in their lives. But the odds of them sticking with their resolution are about the same as beating the house in Vegas.
In many cases your chances of winning in Vegas are better. I’m not exaggerating.
With these Seven Steps you’ll join the RARE 8% and ROCK YOUR RESOLUTION:
1. DECIDE what you want, by FEELING what it will give you.
- Knowledge doesn’t motivate change. You already know that eating healthy, staying hydrating, getting enough sleep and exercise would exponentially improve your life, but do you always do it?
- Feelings motivate change. Everything you do is consciously or unconsciously motivated by how you want to feel. Imagine you’re successfully living out this resolution and notice how it feels.
- Forget about what you should do. Focus on what you want to do.
2. CHOOSE A DAILY ACTION that would give you the results you want.
- Resolutions often focus on the result: I’m going to lose 5 lbs. Get in Shape. Start my own business. Be more peaceful. These are great goals, but they won’t direct your daily actions.
- Determine ONE ACTION, that if done daily, would give you the result you want.
- You may already know what that is. Most of us do. But we bury it under an ever-growing list of other things we need to do first.
- If the answer doesn’t come to you right away, spend a bit of quiet time asking what the one thing is. It will come to you.
3. MAKE IT SIMPLE AND SPECIFIC
- You’ll know it’s specific and simple enough if you can do it every day NO MATTER WHAT.
- Example: Rather than committing to doing yoga every day, the simple and specific version could be: “I will do at least 4 asanas every day” or “I will do at least 3 minutes of yoga every day”.
- It’s tempting to make a bold commitment, but you’re setting yourself up for success if you under-commit and over-deliver.
- You can always do more than you’ve committed to, but you’ve made it easy to do what you said you’d do.
4. COMMIT 100% TO DOING IT EVERY SINGLE DAY.
- This is why you’re making it as simple as possible. You have to be able to do it every day. No matter what.
- You can do more than you’ve committed to any time you want.
- If you’re commitment isn’t for every day, commit solidly to the days you’re going to do it.
5. FIND A CUE
- We are all creatures of habit, and our habits are cued by things that come before them.
- That’s why people who give up smoking find it harder when they have a coffee or a drink. The drink cues the habit to light up a cigarette.
- Create a cue for your habit so you’ll be reminded of it every day.
- In the example of yoga, you could roll out your yoga mat every night so you’ll see it when you wake up.
6. RECORD YOUR PROGRESS.
- Make it a simple process of recording that you did the action you committed to.
- You’re more likely to stick with it when you track your progress.
- It can be as simple as checking a box on your calendar. Or writing a sentence in a journal.
- You may want to report your progress to a friend, or group of friends, and stay accountable to each other.
7. CLIMB BACK ON AS SOON AS YOU FALL OFF.
- Even with commitment, cues, and a buddy system, you may find that you just blow it one day.
- As soon as that happens, get back at it the very next day.
- As a girl who fell off a horse at a young age, I can tell you I wish someone had made me get right back on.
Most of your life is lived by habits. You’d go crazy if you had to decide everything every day: should I eat breakfast at home or out? what should I eat? should I brush my teeth? should I flush the toilet? should I wash my hands? should I dry them? what route should I take to work? what should I wear to bed? which side should I sleep on? Your brain goes on automatic for most tasks, to free up your energy for more creative endeavors.
Your habits determine the quality of your life.
By consciously repeating new activities that will become unconscious habits over time, you’re creating the life you want. Research shows that when you master one new healthy habit, it leads to more and more healthy habits.
So choose one new simple habit as a resolution, follow the seven steps, and enjoy your life in the 8%.
Have a great holiday and a wonderful new year.