Destiny: I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. When I was little I would make these long lists about reading books, going to bed on time, eating healthier, blah blah blah. Then I’d lose the list day four and not remember a single thing I meant to do.
I’ve got some ideas on how to make resolutions easier to stick with.
Tip #1 – Be Practical
Don’t give yourself some generic resolution to stick to. It can’t be “eat healthier”. It has to be “eat one fruit a day”. One fruit a day. *pops one singular grape in my mouth for breakfast* Alright, can check that off my list.
The simpler it is, the easier it should be to complete and the less resistance you’ll get from your mind and body. I have a hard time convincing myself to run five miles but my body easily agrees to a brisk walk around the neighborhood. We can start there and work our way up.
You’ve got to start small. It’s a new year resolution, not a vow. You can change it later if you feel like you need a bigger challenge.
If you are eating fast food on a weekly basis, maybe try to cut it down to once every two weeks. You are naturally a creature of habit. If you try to switch things up on your body it will fight you. You have to be sneaky.
Tip #2 – Give it a Month
It takes 21 days to pick up a new habit or to drop an old one. Which means the first three weeks of the new year should and will be the most challenging. Before you commit to making something a habit, think about it.
Do you have the willpower to push yourself for three weeks? Do you have the willpower to wake up before dawn to take a three mile run? May I refer you back to tip number one and suggest a casual one mile walk around the neighborhood to start? Aim low and work your way up.
Tip #3 – One Step at a Time
Triathlons do not start all events at once. You can’t swim, run, and bike at the same time so why are you starting all your resolutions at the same time?
Day one of the New Year and you’re quitting smoking, quitting drinking, going vegan, cutting out carbs, running, drinking more water, and reading. What?! You just dropped a bunch of habits and are trying to pick up some new ones.
It all sounds good but slow down! Let your body have some catharsis. You’ve been torturing your body for years. One more month won’t hurt.
I’m not an expert at these things but I think starting one habit and dropping one habit at a time might work. It’ll give your brain a coping mechanism. Hey, we aren’t drinking wine but we’ve got water.
In conclusion, don’t get too crazy with your resolutions if you plan to stick with them.