How many years have you resolved to lose weight, spend less, send more birthday cards, spend more time with family, climb Mount Everest, jump from an airplane or any other life-enhancing idea? Fill in the blank with your own reoccurring theme.
If you’re like many of us, this is the time of year we tend to examine how life is going and resolve to make changes that, at the time, seem highly important and perfectly reasonable.
Why is the mere change of a number-a new year-a trigger for us to go through this process?
Many of us are very sincere with the resolutions we set, but we tend to get through the holiday season, get back into our daily lives and lose track of the resolutions we set for many valid reasons… the simple distractions of the day-to-day make it very difficult to maintain appropriate focus on change, and the time directly after the holidays can have emotional implications as well.
My challenge to you is this: No resolutions this year-at least try not to make them until you are back in your routine and have a more realistic feel for the impact of making the change.
–Set small goals more frequently. Find other opportunities to review and renew throughout the year.
–Write down a goal and live with it for a few days before you commit to attempting it. If it feels to big when you come back to it, break it down into something that you know you can and will do. This is how we successfully eat the big elephant of change, one bite at a time.
Leave a comment below and let me know what works for you. I’d love to hear from you.