Jazzed in January and a flopped in February. That pretty much describes New Year’s resolutions that fifty percent of us make. Those of us that don’t this year still remember years of failure that results in an attitude of, “Why try. I’ll fail again.”
Don’t think for a minute that change is easy. Whether you’re creating a new habit or breaking a negative one set yourself up for success right from the beginning. It is unwise to say, “I am just going to change that…”
The following ideas will help you be successful.
- Whatever you want to change needs to be small to begin with. It also needs to be specific and measurable. For example, go to the gym twice a week rather than everyday.
- Create daily reminders of your goal. For example, try programming your cell phone to give you these reminders at predetermined days or times.
- Plan your week in advance so you are building in the changes.
- Reward yourself along the way. Don’t wait until you’ve lost the 25 pounds to celebrate.
- Remember the saying, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”