It’s hard to believe we’ve rounded the corner into another year, not to mention, another decade! After coming off a few weeks of holidays…Eating…Drinking…Merriment…many of us have been propelled into New Year’s resolutions as of January 1st.
I’m not going to lie…I have always liked the resolution tradition, and I still do. How you approach it, however, is key in being successful.
Unfortunately, for many, resolutions don’t stick. 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’s human nature to bite off more than we can chew.
If you’re 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 52 Small Changes for the Mind and co-author 52 Small Changes for the Family.
Now it’s your turn. Have you made resolutions for the New Year and Decade? Have you tried making small changes instead? How has that worked for you? Share in the comments below!