I was never much for making resolutions. I’m sure I’ve gone through the motions and then immediately fell off the wagon. Oh yes, I’m going to work out, I’m going to eat better, I’m not going to drink. Let me tell you I’ve had that not going to drink one a lot and it never lasts for long.
The two simple shifts in perspective below might help you to think about resolutions differently and make them more meaningful in 2016.
The first one was from the Balanced Bites podcast. They were talking about resolutions and someone had made a comment saying that instead of setting up resolutions for what you don’t want to do to set them up for what you do want to do. For instance you’d say something along the lines of I’m going to have a home cooked meal 3 nights a week instead of saying I’m not going to eat so much. I think this sets up a good mindset for success because your brain doesn’t hear no so you want to phrase things in the affirmative.
The second piece comes from the book Start with Why, by Simon Sinek which, in the simplest terms, is a business marketing book. It’s really about how you present your business in that there is the what you do, the how you do it, and why you do it. Most companies talk about what they do and how they do it. For example “We make computers and here are the amazing features.” Instead of why we do it. “We want to bring people together through technology”.
Knowing the why for your resolutions is possibly more important than the resolutions themselves because if you know the why, you might be more inclined to stick with it. For instance, if your resolution is to go to the gym 4 times a week, ask yourself, “Why do I want to go to the gym.” “I want to lose weight.” “Why do I want to lose weight?” “So I have more confidence.” “Why do I want more confidence?” “Because my boyfriend doesn’t treat me as nice as he used to and if I had the self confidence I could either stand up for myself and tell him to change the way he treats me or I’d have the courage to leave the relationship if it wasn’t working. “
Do you see how being able to stand up for yourself is so much different than going to the gym? Having that level of understanding about what your motivation is will help keep you on track.
What’s your why? Whatever it is, state it in the affirmative and see if you have better results with your resolutions this year than you have in years past.
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