Now that it’s New Years Eve, chances are your probably getting ready to get decked out to get your groove on, some of you may be getting your pre- champagne on, or may just be in good company laughing with friends and family to not be thinking of the good old New Years Resolutions! The idea of making a New Years Resolutions seems so inspiring, yet when reality sets in it can be quite daunting and overwhelming to most. According to leading researcher, Richard Wisemen, 50% of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but 88% of all those set resolutions from half of America fail. That’s a staggering 156 million failed resolutions, and empty promises to one’s self.
Chances are at some point in your life you made a resolution to change a behavior or work towards a goal, and then three weeks later this was forgotten or broken. I’m the first to admit that I have been guilty of this once or maybe even twice! However, as I have gotten older I realized that setting goals, and sticking to New Years resolutions really comes down to the concept of “simplicity” and applying my powerful approach of “One.” Read on to find out how my philosophy pertaining the concept of “ The Power of One” that I use daily can implement change and long term growth when it comes to sticking to your New Years Resolutions.
ONE LONG TERM AND SHORT TERM RESOLUTION
For those of you who know me, I have been known in my earlier years to take on a million projects at once while setting too many goals in an unrealistic period. This approach has always backfired leaving me rundown and a bit stressed out to even continue on. Instead of working on five different resolutions, zero in on one resolution both short and long term. There will be a higher chance for change and a bigger payoff when you are focusing on one resolution at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a laundry list a mile long. This way you can focus your effort and attention on one long term and short-term goal. This will make it easier for you formulate an action plan to target change around a specific behavior or to reach a goal.
ONE DAY AT A TIME
When you are putting your New Years resolutions into action apply the concept “ One day at a time.” Don’t look too far ahead and return your thinking to the moment. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself for immediate results, and avoid being too hard on yourself if you slip back into old behaviors. Remember to focus on that day and your action plan that you are taking to replace old habits.
ONE RESOLUTION AT A TIME
Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time, so just as long as they were taken to form it can take a while to reverse them. Remember if you are not seeing progress with the first resolution don’t jump to the second resolution. Therefore, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t expect to be Superwoman or Superman and have it down in one day!
ONE NEW HABIT
Replace old behaviors with one new habit. People who want to change bad habits or stick to new years resolutions must translate that change with a new habit. For example, if you are looking to lose weight and keep it off you may have a soft spot for cookies and cakes, so anytime you feel tempted to have this try replacing it with strawberries and bananas. Another would be if you are looking to quit smoking or are trying to cut back. For example, if you like to smoke after meals or when you get nervous, replace that habit with writing in a journal or on a piece paper when you get the urge to smoke of the horrible effects that the smoke will cause on your body. The idea of old habits being replaced with new positive habits eventually becomes what is called “habitual automaticity" which is performing the new habit without having to think about it, and rewiring the mind to diminish and move away from the old behaviors.
ONE RESOLUTION TO BE PRACTICED AND REINFORCED DAILY
In order to see change in areas of life, you have to practice new behaviors daily and implement those lifestyle changes. Progress or change won’t be shown without practicing or reinforcing the new years resolutions. For example, if you are looking to lose weight or become slimmer you must practice healthy eating habits and incorporate exercise.
ONE SMALL STEP
When sticking to resolutions and making changes it’s important you take an action plan that has small steps and is realistic. For example, if your goal is to exercise more frequently start with three days a weeks for 45 minutes rather than everyday for an hour in half. Another example would be is if you’re trying to lose weight and your not allowing yourself any dessert until you drop your goal weight. Rather than punishing yourself of all desserts, look online for natural desserts that use fruit, or can be considered “guilt free” in moderation with exercise.
With every journey for change, don’t forget to reward yourself along the way. Set a reward after x amount of time to celebrate your hard work and effort in accomplishing your goals.
ONE BODY AND ONE MIND
I look at my life with this intent that we were given one mind, one body, and a lifetime. The way we use our mind and body determines our lifetime. When ever I look to make resolution or implement positive change I practice this underlying concept. Don’t ever forget that when the mind and body are one we are at our greatest potential!
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