Every year, we are notorious for living up to the lofty resolution goal for about...1 month (yep, that's the average) before we've gone back to our old habits.
The good news is, it doesn't have to be this way.
Follow these 4 "rules of thumb" and you might find yourself remaining resolved throughout 2013:
- Switch that resolution from the general to the specific - rather than resolving to "lose weight", choose a few doable action steps as your resolution instead, like buying a membership to a local fitness center then going a certain number of times per week, or joining a reputable weight-loss program and following the rules;
- Put more than your intentions on the line - notice that in both steps above you're also committing dollars so there's more to lose (pun included) if you don't follow through;
- Pick a reliable "resolution partner" - you're much more likely to follow through when you have company along for the ride, and you can use each other for support/motivation (thus the operative word "reliable");
- Be resolved to be resolved - OK, I know that sounds completely counter to bullet #1, but here's the specific for it; "I will not give up on my resolution just because I have a bad day or a weak moment. I will go back to it without delay rather than use this set-back as my excuse to abandon this new healthier behavior altogether."
We clearly want the start of a new year to be more than just another day on our Julian calendars. We want it to be a time of renewal, of second chances (or third, or twelfth), of opportunity. In the past, what we lacked was the follow-through. Here's to 2013 being different.
You have been officially alerted.