We’re several weeks into the 2019, have your resolutions fallen short? 80% of resolutions ended 12 days into the new year – seriously!
The silver lining is today (and every day) is a NEW DAY, it doesn’t have to be a NEW YEAR. Give yourself grace for falling short, and be patient as new habits take time to stick. Even the most disciplined are not “perfect.”
A few tips to keep heading in the right direction:
Declare a ‘Word of Intention’ to incorporate into your life, instead of drastic changes which can be overwhelming.
Start small and break it down – identify ONE task daily to move towards your goal.
- Are you trying to be more active? Don’t try to commit to the gym 5 days a week if you never go! Instead start with a 5-10 minute walk outside. Build on that and try for consistency.
- Are you trying to eat healthier? Incorporate one meal that improves your intake, or incorporate one side dish for dinner that is a healthier choice. Dramatically eating clean can be exhausting and frustrating when it’s not your norm.
- Are you trying to de-stress? Get up 10 minutes earlier and spend 5 minutes first thing in the morning organizing your thoughts and tasks BEFORE anything else (email, your phone, social media). It’s life changing.
- Have an accountability partner. When you must check in with someone, whether it’s a friend, co-worker or partner… you’re more likely to show up and stick to your goals.
Plan to fail. Learn from it, and keep going.
“Strive for progress, not perfection.”