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Why Your Approach to the New Year’s Resolution Needs to Change

New Year's ResolutionsIt is hard to believe we are full into the holiday season and will be embarking on another New Year’s. The general trend we will see over the holidays: Eating…Drinking…Merriment…which propels many of us into a fast and furious resolve to make change on January 1st.

As much as I like to subscribe to the resolution tradition, I’ve come to realize over the years that often, they don’t stick. We make idealistic resolutions. We attempt them for a week or two. And then, before we know it, we’re back to our old habits. The reason is simple: it is human nature to bite off more than we can chew.

If you are frustrated by this cycle or find that you’ve thrown in the towel all together, I have a proposition: trade in the big and lofty resolution for small, yet meaningful changes. Here’s why:

  1. One Big Goal = Many Small Steps. Every big goal, such as weight loss, requires many smaller actions, such as cutting out bad foods, exercising, and eating healthy foods. Breaking a big goal into smaller components makes the process more manageable.
  2. Extremes Don’t Work: Overhauling our life, or more simply put – going from all to nothing, or vice a verse – causes burn out. Taking a step-by-step approach, however, makes change seem less overwhelming.
  3. It Feeds Our Need to Succeed: Small Changes feed our need to succeed. With each one you successfully make, you fill up your confidence bucket, enabling you to take on more. Allowing ourselves to master small adjustments, gives us an opportunity to feel successful, and the motivation to forge ahead towards the bigger goal.

Tweet This: Small Changes feed our need 2 succeed. Your confidence grows w/ each one so you can take on more. @brettblumenthal

These realities inspired me to write my first 52 Small Changes. I was amazed at the feedback I received. So many of my readers came to me to tell me how the concept of small changes worked for them, and as you probably know, this is what caused me to want to write a second one. 52 Small Changes for the Mind, I feel, is even better. I really made an effort to make small changes small, and so many readers wanted to learn more about how to be mentally well.

After all, focusing on your mind is instrumental to your overall wellbeing.

Now it’s your turn. Have you been thinking about the New Year? Have you started thinking about what you’d like to do resolution or anti-resolution wise? Have you tried making small changes instead? How has that worked for you? Share in the comments below!

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