Day 22 is about transforming a resolution to a lifestyle change.
As we have discussed, many resolutions fail. We have all experienced the excitement of setting a new intention, only to have it fizzle out over the next several weeks or months. I have shared with you some ways to fight this tendency and to overcome it by setting SMART goals. I have also given you a number of tips for maintaining your motivation. In today’s post, I want to share one of the most impactful strategies I know for staying on track with your goals. Let’s talk about ways to go from resolution to a lifestyle change. Implementing new habits into your life can lead to lasting change and can be far more effective in the long run. I’ll show you how.
Taking baby steps toward your goals is usually a smart strategy if you want to create habits that last. This philosophy should be applied across several different areas. First, be sure to choose only a couple of resolutions to start with. One or two is reasonable. You can always add more. This helps to keep things manageable and lets you focus on what is really important to you. Also, remain realistic. Shoot for small changes that you can incorporate into your daily life relatively easily. You can build upon these changes to create more impactful and larger habits gradually. Doing so will increase your chances of making them stick.
Know yourself and do not be afraid to get real honest about your challenges. Acknowledging and confronting weaknesses will help you to overcome them when implementing a lifestyle change. It is also important to recognize your triggers if you want to crush your old, harmful habits and replace them with new ones. When we feel vulnerable or insecure, we are more likely to revert to what is comfortable for us. Recognizing that pattern is essential to breaking it.
In order to make habits stick, you have to cut yourself some slack when you backslide and allow yourself some fun, as well. Going hard-core 24/7 toward that goal is only going to lead to burnout. It is imperative that you find a balance that works for you, one that will keep you motivated and feeling satisfied with your progress, but that also gives you the leeway to take a break in order to rejuvenate yourself.
These are some suggestions to get you started toward changing your mindset from facing one overwhelming resolution to making a number of small changes that lead to the creation of habits for life. Once you incorporate these new habits into your daily routine on a regular basis, you will soon wonder how you ever managed to get by without them.
Why Do We Make Resolutions – Day 1
The Importance of Setting Goals – Day 2
Value of a Support System – Day 3
Motivation is Key to Progress – Day 4
Measure Your Progress – Day 5
How to Make Resolutions Stick – Day 6
Are You Making Smart Goals – Day 7
How Habits and Routines Can Help You Stick to Your Resolutions – Day 8
Don’t Go It Alone – The Value of a Support System – Day 9
Motivation Is Key – Keeping Your “Why” Front and Center – Day 10
The Value of Measuring Your Progress Along the Way – Day 11
A Journal Can Be a Powerful Tool for Goals and Resolutions – Day 12
Success Tip – Don’t Try to Change Too Much at Once – Day 13
Kick Overwhelm to the Curb by Breaking It Down into Baby Steps – Day 14
Break It Down – From Resolution to Daily Task – Day 15
Stay Motivated by Looking at How Far You’ve Come – Day 16
Celebrate Milestones, Successes & Accomplishments – Day 17
The Power of Cheerleaders, Coaches, and Cohorts – Day 18
Get Back on That Horse When You Fall Off the Wagon – Day 19
Visualization Exercises Can Help You Reach Your Goals – Day 20
Resolutions Change Over Time and That’s Ok – Day 21