My New Year's Resolution Hack
The funniest New Year's Resolutions meme my sister shared with me was:
It's hysterical because it is true.
The research even shows our continued decision to make these goals knowing good and well we will not succeed.
According to recent research, while as many as 45 percent of Americans say they usually make New Year’s resolutions, only 8 percent are successful in achieving their goals. But that dismal record probably won’t stop people from making resolutions anytime soon.
Are you surprised?
Not one bit. Right?!
And yet, time after time it's a New Year's resolution frenzy. How many times have you said, "This is the year I am going to eat healthy and workout every day" only to be back chilling on the couch with your Chinese take-out and beer within a week? (PS. No shame with Chinese food or beer.)
New Year's Resolutions are known to set you up for failure. So, stop doing this to yourself. There is no need to join in on a tradition that ultimately has you feeling crappy about yourself two months from today.
Instead, explore another way and set yourself up to succeed.
TRY ON MY APPROACH THAT (truth be told) I DO THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR.
1) Find a statement or quote that inspires your soul. Write this quote down at the beginning of your 2018 journal. As an example, my current quote is: "Focus on being balanced - success is balance." Laila Ali
2) Read the words out loud to yourself and discover where you feel these words in your body.
Does it lift your heart, put a smile on your face, or excite your belly?
Make the connection between these words and your body.
As an example: When I read "Focus on being balanced - success is balance," I feel a connection down the middle of my torso from my head to my pelvis. The right and left sides of my body are equally ignited. It feels solid and senses a balance. When I read the "Success is balance,” I feel a smile on my face and a determination in my spirit. I feel ready.
3) Consider every area of your life with these words and imagine...
How would you think & act?
Who would you become in situations that are a part of these areas?
If you were to embody the quote at work, what would your mind do, your heart, and your energy?
As an example:
Work- I will allow myself to experience both sides of work. I will explore the ease and the struggle.
Relationship- I will explore ways to bring my relationship with my husband in balance through giving and receiving love.
Health- I allow myself to experience indulging and delighting in healthy foods.
4) Your final step, but VERY IMPORTANT, is to write the quote daily for 66 days. Why 66 days? 30 days is not enough time for a habit to take form and more than 60 days has been proven to create long-lasting change. Plus, when you write the words down, you create a deeper connection to it's meaning. Your mind will absorb the words as you write. To make it even more impactful, connect the words to where you feel it in your body. And remember all the areas of your life you plan to utilize this way of being and OWN IT.
You can own it more and more every day and feel the success from carrying these words into action.