I love the New Year! It is a very positive and opportunistic time of year. People are ambitious to make things new, exciting, and better than before! I am a change junky, so it really excites me when I see those around me making changes, especially positive behavior changes. I support the efforts whole heartedly, but there are many traps out there that can set us up for disappointment. After the holidays, everyone is looking for the next quick fix to undo the over-indulgences. It is easy to fall into the trap of sales and extravaganzas that you see as you walk through any store this time of year. Truthfully, most of us don't need the next miracle drug or 15-minute workout video, or full on home gym. Instead, we can do it by making one positive choice. The choice is to MOVE!
Get moving every chance you get! This year, it can be the New Year's Resolution to keep up with the laundry or keep the beds made that actually keeps those calories burning rather than the resolution to go to the gym 7 days a week. (By the way, both of those cleaning resolutions are mine, I'd much rather go to a gym than clean!) My point is that subtle changes will be the ones that stick beyond the resolution rush. Be realistic in creating new habits rather than trying to break old habits and you will have greater success!
Make this a Habit New Year all year long...Create a new POSITIVE habit. Once you can consecutively execute your positive habit for 4 weeks, it should be second nature. If that's the case, it's time to move onto POSTIVE habit change #2! Repeat the process throughout the year and you will have easily picked up 10 or more new habits! I'm starting my bed making today! What's yours?
Have a Habit New Year!