Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? If you’re like millions of other people today, you’ve probably made at least one New Year’s resolution during your life.
As the New Year approaches, many of us have it in our minds to stop some habits and start others. Sometimes that means we stop eating eating junk food, other times we start a new hobby, and sometimes it literally means making up your mind to get in shape.
Boy, have we tried that one!
Let’s be honest, the road to replacing bad habits with good habits is not an easy one no matter how much you really want to change.
But, take heart there is hope!
Studies have found that by changing HOW you think about your resolutions will make a major difference! These studies showed that when you change the language of your resolutions from a negative to a positive tone, your brain can be tricked into doing something you have been struggling to do for a long time.
So let’s take some time and start changing how we plan to change our habits in the New Year.
The secret of starting the New Year right is found in these 6 simple secrets…
1. Only Make A Few Resolutions
The number one deadly sin of trying to change bad habits in the new year is making TOO MANY changes at once. There’s no way that you will be able to change all of your habits at once. Instead, take some time and think about what you want to change the most, then choose one to three things that you really want to change.
Then focus on those!
It’s just that simple! If your attention is spread across too many areas, then you won’t be able to properly give the attention to each habit that you want to change. So, start simple and take it slow by choosing just a few key habits that you want to get rid of!
You have probably tried to make resolutions or change your habits before…and it didn’t work. Mostly likely your main issue was that you had no real plan on how you would change these bad habits. If you look around, you’ll see many people flocking to the gym in by the thousands. Everybody is saying that they want to get in shape at the start of the new year. So why are there so many people at the gym in January but so few in March?
The answer is easy…
They had no plan.
It’s easy to say that you want to get in shape and join a class. Where many people make the mistake is that they forget that it’s easy to join a gym, but hard to stay motivated. That’s why you have to make a plan and write down a step by step guide of how you will change your habits. Without this plan, how will you know how to accomplish your goal?
3. Set Priority
If you truly want to be successful in changing your bad habits, you have to change your habits according to what is most important to you. You don’t want focus on the habit that you want to change the least. It’s more important to change what is most important to you first. Once you do this, then you can make decide how much attention you want to give to each habit in order to change it. Sometimes, you have to start with one habit and focus on that before you can move onto the next. Other times you can work on changing all of your habits at the same time.
4. Small Goals
There’s an old saying that asks, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” It’s truly an old saying, but it’s still amazingly true today. After making your plan on how you want to change, now you have to break that plan down into small goals so that you can stay motivated while you work to reach your big goal.
Have you ever tried to make a major change in your life with no one to support you?
It’s almost impossible!
If you really want to change your habits come the New Year, it’s very important that you have someone there to support you while you work on changing your habits. Everybody needs someone to help them reach their goals. You are no different.
6. Track Your Progress
Do you know why people really fall off from changing their habits at the start of the New Year ?
They give up because they don’t see results.
It’s sad, but it’s TRUE!
So many people have trouble continuing their changes in habit because they don’t know how to track their progress. It is very important that you know where you started so that you can remember where you came from. It may seem like a small thing, but it is very important if you want to continue to change your habits. Sometimes we cannot see exactly how much we have changed or grown, but if were tracking our progress we can see exactly where we started versus where we are now.
Soon enough you will welcome the New Year armed with this brand new outlook. So remember if you want to reach your goals in this New Year, it’s very important to change some of your habits this upcoming year. Use these 6 Secrets and watch how easy it is for you to change your habits and your life!