Ditch Those New Year’s Resolutions

I’m a resolutionist. I love to make pronouncements and announcements about the new things that I plan to do. And for me, there is no better time than the first day of a newly minted year to start fresh.

But, I did not start this year with my resolution rituals. Why? Because the magic is not in the resolution.

This year, I’m going to focus my energy on the habits that someone would need to have to achieve the results that I want to achieve. For whatever reason, that doesn’t strike me as exciting as printing out and posting my resolutions around the house and office.

So, why do I want to focus on habits? Because no resolution will ever come true if you do not change an existing habit.

Clearly your current behavior has not helped you reach the intended goal up to this point.

So, let’s go ahead and go a step deeper to determine what it will take to get from where we are now to what we want to accomplish. Are you willing to make changes in how you currently live? Is your desire bigger than the discomfort?

What is it that you resolve to see happen this year? Try answering this question: 

If you were a person that had already accomplished this goal, what are three habits that you would routinely do to maintain this vision of success?

How can you incorporate these habits into your life now? What do you have to do differently? Are there small steps you can make towards these new habits?

As I ponder 2022, I think about what I envision for my life in various important categories: health, wealth, spirituality, community, family, friendships, career, and education.

What changes do I need to usher in to live the life I want to live in these areas? I think that’s an important question we should all consider.

Maybe setting up detailed routines and activities won’t sound as fun in the meantime, but when you actually achieve results…that’s the time to make announcements and pronouncements.

What do you say- ready to ditch the resolutions with me?

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