Today is January 13. Today is the make or break day for resolutions. The majority of people who make resolutions fold 9 days after the year has begun. You start getting back into the swing of things at work or your routine and that resolution gets pushed back until tomorrow. That means your gyms should start showing signs of clearing and you change your mind and go from no to yes on that whole Girl Scout cookie thing and you decide it is ok to watch Jersey Shore again instead of reading a book. So, I have to ask, are you still keeping your resolutions or have you already given up?
1. Just pick one thing If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with. Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so.
2. Plan ahead To ensure success you need to research the change you’re making and plan ahead so you have the resources available when you need them. Here are a few things you should do to prepare and get all the systems in place ready to make your change.
3. Anticipate problems There will be problems so make a list of what they’ll be. If you think about it, you’ll be able to anticipate problems at certain times of the day, with specific people or in special situations. Once you’ve identified the times that will probably be hard work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up.
4. Pick a start date You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional wisdom, but if you truly want to make changes then pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people.
5. Go for it On the big day go for it 100%. Make a commitment and write it down on a card. You just need one short phrase you can carry in your wallet. Or keep it in your car, by your bed and on your bathroom mirror too for an extra dose of positive reinforcement.