How is your year starting off? Did you already find it difficult to stick with a New Year’s resolution? If not, pat yourself on the back! But if you’ve got a nagging doubt about your resolve, take a moment to take another look at your resolutions. There’s no point in saying you’re going to do something if your heart isn’t into it.
You know how this goes. That voice inside your head tells you, “I should do this.” Rarely do you like that voice, right? You already know you’ll probably ignore the “should” resolutions. You need better motivation than thinking you should do something. Instead, pay attention to your enthusiasm for change.
Think of the benefits of your resolution. Make it personal and emotional. For instance, the favorite “lose x number of pounds” is just a math problem. It’s not too exciting. How different does it feel to write, “be able to run with my kids in the Shamrock Run,” or “be able to hike the Haleakala Summit Trail on my first trip to Hawaii.” Now we’re talking!
Rate it 1-10
Give your resolutions an enthusiasm rating from 1-10. Immediately ditch anything that’s below a six. Stop kidding yourself. You’re not going to do it because you don’t care enough about it. Once you get to those that score an 8 or above, you’ve hit on what’s important to you. These are the keepers.
Ensure success by committing to small doable actions. You don’t have to conquer the world in a day. Pick one action you think will make the biggest difference. Your health resolution might be to drink 48 ounces of water or walk 10,000 steps each day. Give yourself the feeling of success in the first month of the year. Feel like a champion! You can always increase your dedication with more actions as the year goes on.
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