New Habits for New Year!


New Year ResolutionWhew! Another year comes to a close as we embark upon a New Year.

Whoever said all you have to do is to do something for a 21 days and it becomes a habit – LIED! If this were true, I would be:

  • a master at managing my time effectively.
  • eating only healthy foods.
  • exercising 5 days a week.
  • effective at keeping my working space neat and organized.

Does it surprise you to know that according to top researchers close to 90% of all New Year’s Resolutions FAIL?  In fact, less than 40% of people even make resolutions anymore because of the annual disappointments.

Success or failure is actually determined by our day to day habits: what we do in a given day, how much time we spend doing that thing, who we give attention to, and what we expose ourselves to.

I read an article that I wanted to share with you.  It stated that the main reason for failed resolutions was because the average person makes ‘abstract’ resolutions instead of attempting to develop manageable ‘bite-size’ habits.

3 Examples Healthy Habits to Increase Your Chance of Success:

  1. Instead of saying, “I’m going to quit smoking,” commit to the development of a habit to stop smoking one cigarette after breakfast.
  2. Instead of saying, “I’m going to eat healthy foods,” commit to the habit of substituting a daily pastry with a banana.
  3. Instead of saying, “I’m going to lose weight,” commit to the habit of walking every evening after work for 2-3 minutes.

The author contends that we should establish small manageable habits and select only one (instead of many) to increase our chance of success.  However, even this is easier said than done. There is one missing component and that is willpower.  Without willpower and significant inspiration, it’s not enough to commit to saying, “I’m going to commit to establishing a new habit no matter how small the bite or how many.”

A Snapshot of Our Life At This Moment

I did an assessment of my life.  Although I probably have more years behind me than in front of me, at this time, I am probably in my best mental state. Although as I get older, I feel new aches and pains, at this time, I, as well as my immediate and extended family am/are enjoying a reasonable amount of health.

Your Best Life NOW!

This is the best time to take control over our lives, to develop some healthy habits and to be intentional with the remaining years.  Why? Because time seems to be flying by.

Having willpower and being disciplined does not come natural; it is something we have to practice.  For me, my inspiration will be to be acutely aware that things can change in a moment’s notice whether it’s tragedy, illness, loss of mental capacity, loss of job, divorce, death, etc.

I encourage you to take a look around.  I’m sure people who were once here last year are no longer here, family, friends or coworkers health have deteriorated and if that’s not bad enough just listen to the negative reports on the evening news.

I’m reminded of the scripture that says, “Work while it is day, for night cometh when no man can work.”  May these words encourage you to not be like the blade of grass which shifts in all directions as a result of the blowing of life’s winds which will lead to a life of discontentment and regret.

Go ahead, do the thing that you have always wanted to do, stop talking about it and do it.  Work while you still have your health, while your mind is still sharp, while there are still opportunities.  Stop waiting on ‘Monday’ or ‘Someday.’ Work while it is day for night comes when no man can work.

Keep in mind the following that will assist you in being successful with your resolutions this year:

  1. Be specific and break down your resolution into small manageable bite size new habits.
  2. May your willpower and inspiration be driven by looking around you and seeing how quickly things come up that are out of your control.
  3. Many of us have more years behind us than in front of us – so the time is NOW!

May the year ahead be your best and most productive year ever.

 

 

 

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