While the beginning of a new year is an excellent time to re-assess goals and search for new ways to improve ourselves, the majority of us will fail to make our resolutions become an habitual part of our lives.
Here are a few suggestions that may help you stick to your self-improvement goals.
|Tea or Hot Chocolate?|
Furthermore, it takes about 3 weeks to create a habit. At then end of that month, I certainly enjoyed a tasty hot chocolate, but drinking tea had become the norm for me and since that time, I consume tea much more frequently and hot chocolate way less often.
2) Make goals visible - Write down your goals each month and put them where you can see them (such as a bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, or office desk). Be creative about adding colour or pictures - make them fun to look at and exciting to think about!
|Running in the MB Marathon|
4) Use the 'check mark' test - Good goals are specific and measurable which means that you will be able to check them off when accomplished. 'I will be healthier' is not a goal that can be defined or measured making it hard to give yourself a check mark at the end of the month when you are re-assessing your goals. 'I will walk for 20 minutes three times per week for the month of January' is a goal that is both specific and measurable. Check!
5) Choose positive goals - Instead of saying, I will NOT..., turn your goal into a positive and ask yourself what you WILL do. For me, instead of committing to not drinking hot chocolate for one month, I committed to drinking tea anytime I felt like consuming a hot beverage. Replacing your bad habits with a desired behavior or substitute activity increases your chances of success.
So this January, rather than making New Year's Resolutions, set yourself some monthly goals! You should always be committed to improving yourself - once per year is not enough. At the end of the month, build on what you have already done and start again for February.
Happy New Year!!