Based on the studies, it’s a long-shot that we’ll keep our New Year’s resolutions this year.
Since NOT keeping our commitments to ourselves takes a heavy toll on our wellness, let’s set ourselves up for some New Year’s resolutions that beat the odds. Are you up for that?
Here are 3 powerful actions steps for making resolutions you can keep:
1. Pre-resolution (aka X marks the spot)
Action Step #1:
Before you write your New Year’s Resolutions, write down what it is you are aiming for.
One of the most important things you can do happens BEFORE you start writing your resolutions.Picture this: if I ask you to visualize a treasure map, what does it look like? Does it have an X that marks the spot?
If your New Year’s Resolutions are the map to the treasure, what’s the X? What are you aiming for? What are your intentions?
2. Remember the Acorn
Action Step #2:
make a tiny resolution that seems so small it almost doesn’t feel like a “real” resolution
A mighty oak tree starts out as an acorn. And so too can your mighty hopes and dreams.
We have a tendency to fill our resolution list with things that feel “worth it” to us. We may even have some unwritten rules about how challenging a resolution needs to be for it to even count as a resolution. Perhaps, we may even brush off tiny resolutions as being too easy to count.
But tiny resolutions are like acorns. Try not to underestimate them.
What is a tiny step that you can take in the direction of your goal that it would feel like it was so easy it would be silly not to agree to it?
Want some examples? Here are a few ideas:
- taking a deep, conscious cell-nourishing breath every day for the entire month of January
- 5 push ups every day for 15 days (since it’s 2015)
- eat more greens than usual on the first day of every month of 2015
3. You’ll remember like you remember to tie your shoes
Action step #3:
decide what existing habit you are going to leverage for remembering (and doing) your tiny resolution.
Do you ever forget to tie your shoes? Why not? Hint: it’s a habit you’ve built and done over and over again so often that you no longer have to think about it.
How can we leverage that to make it easier for us to keep our tiny resolution? We can tie our resolution to something we already do every day.
Think about some things you do every day.
Here are a few ideas to get you warmed up: get out of bed, brush your teeth, eat a meal). Now think about your acorn-sized resolution. Can you do your tiny resolution before or after something you already do every day?
- take a deep cell nourishing breath before eating breakfast
- writing 1 wellness-minded sentence in a journal every morning upon waking up
- 5 push ups in the bathroom right before getting in the shower
When we tie our resolutions to things we already do, it makes it easier for us to remember to do them.
Are you ready to defy the odds and keep your New Year’s Resolutions this year?
Visualize the 3 Action Steps to make it easier to remember them:
- X marks the spot
- Acorn (tiny can be powerful)
- like remembering to tie your shoes
If your resolutions include Abundant Wellness in 2015 without everything else on your plate piling up, then another simple step you can take is to sign up for our 2015 newsletter (it’s free) and get access to my tip to “tame modern stress in 30-seconds” . —> Sign up here
Happy New Year and Wishes for Abundant Wellness today and always.