Every New Year I write about the pitfalls of New Year’s Resolutions. We set grand goals for ourselves, hit the ground in January with a sprint into a new diet and an intense fitness program, and by February we are back to our old routines and dreaming of doing it right again the next year.
What I just described is likely not a surprise for you. At this stage, the majority of us recognize that a New Year’s Resolution is a bit of a farce because we have seen so many people in our lives try them and fail.
But what if you could set a New Year’s Resolution that you could actually keep and actually brought about meaningful, lasting change in your life?
It’s possible, and the process to get started is simple: Use micro Habits of Health.
One of the reasons New Year’s Resolutions fail is they typically aim to up-end your entire life and routine overnight. If your goal is to get into better shape and you are not currently incredibly active, start with a daily habit that is so easy to do that failure is almost impossible.
For example, if I told you to start running three miles a day, both of us can picture a rainy morning where you get up to run and can’t summon the motivation to tie your shoes, so you go back to bed. Soon, your running shoes are at the back of the closet instead of on your feet.
Instead, you could add 100 steps to your daily step count, or even just 50. That number is low enough that even if you forgot to get your 100 extra steps in that day you could walk around your home to fit them in.
As you think about what your New Year could hold for you, set your big goals and then break them down into micro Habits of Health. If you aren’t sure where to start, talk to your health coach or download a free preview of Your LifeBook to get started.
Together, we can make 2020 your best year yet.