By about 2 o’clock Christmas Day, people start asking you what your New Years resolution is going to be this year. Now, if you’re anything like me you’re reaction is something to the effect of, “Oh, crap! I made one last year… yeah… about that…?” Then I start getting serious. “This year is going to be different! I’m a year older, a year wiser and this is my year! I’m going to make some big changes and become the best possible version of me! Right?!”
It’s definitely easy to say all that stuff on New Year’s Eve. The promise of change and growth is exciting! The world is aglow with possibilities – mostly because you may or may not be intoxicated. But by the next morning, that glow is just… gone. It’s easier to roll over and stay in bed. The gym will be there tomorrow. I don’t really need to budget. I’ll call my family another day. It’s only January second and I’m starting to get concerned about how I’m going to make my resolutions happen.
But then I started thinking. Instead of making a grand, crazy resolution on December 31st, why not make small resolutions each day throughout the year? Make small tasks or milestones for yourself that you can accomplish in a day, a week, even a month if you’re an overachiever. Instead of saying, “I’m going to lose twenty pound this year”, why not get up in the morning and say, “I’m going to do twenty minutes of cardio today instead of watching Dance Mom’s re-runs on the couch while eating Dove Chocolates.” And yes, you might fail a couple times… or five. But everyone does. It’s getting up and trying again and again that makes those huge achievements that much better.
Introducing a new activity into your life in the hopes of making it a habit is incredibly difficult. It’ so much easier to stick with the status quo and not form new healthy habits. But if you give yourself one small challenge each day and actually accomplish it, by December 31st next year you can show everybody up when they ask what you got done in 2013.