Einstein said “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it. ” So how are you prepared to approach your New Year’s resolutions differently this year in order for them to succeed?
The truth is good intentions only go so far and then there is the hard work of continuing to change day after day. The following are some recommendations to help you make change stick.
- Think big. Start small. Break down the change you want to make into attainable steps. For example, if you want to exercise and you haven’t been to the gym in years, dedicate 30 minutes twice a week to go for a walk or take a fitness class. Create goals you can maintain. Once you’ve mastered one step, take the next one.
- Remember change is a process. Habits take time to learn and longer to unlearn. How long have you been smoking? Overeating? If it’s been longer than a year or two, it’s probably something you do automatically. Start by consciously monitoring when you smoke, overeat, etc. and making a different choice which will eventually become a new, healthier habit.
- Be accountable. Only you can make change happen whether it’s losing weight or quitting smoking. No matter how much work or relationship stress you experience, doesn’t mean you have to reach for a Big Mac or a cigarette. Only you have the power to change your life.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? How are you making change stick? What’s working or not?