You know by now that I have mentioned plenty of times that many “resolutions” fail. We've all experienced the excitement of setting a new intention, only to have it die out over the next several weeks or months (or days…guilty). I've shown you some ways to fight this tendency and to overcome it by setting SMART goals. I've also given you several tips for keeping your motivation. In today's post, I want to share one of the most impactful strategies I know for staying on track with your desires. Let's talk about ways to go from resolution to lifestyle change. Realizing new habits into your life will lead to lasting change and can be far more effective in the long run. I'll show you how.
Taking baby steps toward your goals is usually a smart strategy if you want to create habits that last. First, be sure to choose only a couple “resolutions” to start with. One or two is reasonable. You can always add on later. This helps to keep things manageable and lets you focus on what's really important to you. Also, stay realistic. Shoot for small changes that you can incorporate into your daily life easily. You can build upon these changes to create more impactful and larger habits gradually. Doing so will increase your chances of making them stick.
Know yourself and don't be afraid to get really honest about your challenges. Recognizing and confronting weaknesses will help you to overcome them when implementing a lifestyle change. It's also important to recognize your triggers if you want to crush your harmful old habits and replace them with new ones. When we feel vulnerable or insecure, we're more likely to return to what's comfortable for us. Recognizing that pattern is important to break it.
In order to make habits stick, you have to give yourself some space when you backslide and allow yourself some fun, as well. Going hard-core 24/7 toward that big hairy goal is only going to lead to burnout. It's imperative that you find a balance that works for you, one that will keep you motivated and feeling satisfied with your progress, but that it also gives you the flexibility to take a break in order to rejuvenate yourself.
These are some suggestions to get you started toward changing your mindset from facing one overwhelming resolution to making a few small changes that lead to the creation of habits for life! Once you integrate these new habits into your daily routine on a regular basis, you'll soon wonder how you ever managed to get by without them.