Okay … be honest … it is now a month into the new year, how many of you are still going strong with your New Year’s Resolutions? If you are … GOOD FOR YOU!!! That’s AWESOME! Give us a smile in the comments and let us know what it was and how you’ve been able to sustain it that long. I’d love to hear your stories of triumph!
For the rest of us though, all we are is a month older and the excitement and anticipation that comes with the start of a crisp, brand new, blank slate ahead is quickly fading into bitter disappointment. It doesn’t have to be that way though! Really!
If you read my last post, you know that I NEVER start my New Year’s Resolutions on January 1st or at any OTHER time during the month of January. Why? Because there is just WAY too much going on to give significant life changes a chance to develop and take hold. If you are blessed with time off of work during Christmas, then you are faced with getting back into the routine of going to work, getting the kids up and off to school, after school activities, homework, … oh and don’t forget taking down all the decorations and getting them safely tucked away till next December. It’s all just TOO MUCH! Is it any wonder why most New Year’s Resolutions fail? However, if you start them in February, you will have time to slowly ease back into your daily routine as well as maybe even have time to prep a bit by doing some research on your resolutions.
“The only difference between succeeding and failing is in the choices we make.”
No matter what resolutions you made, you probably know the difference between failing and succeeding at them lies in your habits and the choices you make every … single … day. So, with that in mind, over the course of the entire month of February here at L.O.L., we will focus on exchanging good habits for bad ones. It doesn’t matter what your resolution is … losing weight, budgeting your money better, being a better parent or better friend, being more disciplined, more organized, and on and on. Your success lies in your habits and the choices you make. Period.
Now, I’ve set this up to cover a different habit and different techniques to aide in your success for every day of the month. It’s going to be fast-paced. But, honestly, implementing it is going to take a lot more time. You can choose to implement each one as we cover it if it interests you, but honestly, the best way would be to implement just one or two until doing that habit becomes second nature to you before starting on any others. That’s another reason why so many resolutions fail every year … trying to make too MANY changes all at once. You can either start off with the smallest changes you need to make and slowly build your way up to the bigger ones. Or, you can start off with the big kahuna one and go after that with laser focus.
“This is a long distance marathon … not a sprint!”
How long will it take you to master the new habit? Well, a lot of experts will tell you that it takes about a month for a new habit to take hold. I don’t believe that. Why? Well, you may have heard me give the example before of how I once lost over 20 pounds between October and December 24th. THREE MONTHS! THREE MONTHS I disciplined myself and made good choices every day! I even almost made it through the ENTIRE holiday season! It was like I had just hit a home run but forgot to finish rounding the bases for it to count! What happened? I went to our family Christmas get together on Christmas Eve and totally lost my mind. I ate too much but told myself it was okay because I’d just get back in the groove the next day. Only I brought leftovers home … a LOT of leftovers. So, I allowed myself a few more days of “slight” overindulging.
Well, you can guess where I am headed with this right? During the next couple of weeks, my diet and exercise program got totally derailed. I got out of the habit of disciplining myself and lost my motivation … all of it. In no time I gained back the hard lost 20 pounds and then some. So I DO NOT believe in a cut and dry 30 day program to make a lifelong habit. You have to make a commitment to a lifelong habit and you do that one day at a time. If you screw up today … no big deal. The goal is to not screw up tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, … etc.
So are you finally ready to make your New Year’s Resolutions a success? Then make sure you are checking in to the blog every day … you won’t want to miss a moment!
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