New Year’s Eve was just a few months ago and where did that resolution go? Before March 15 most of us dive bombing our way back in to old, bad habits that we swore we would leave behind. How to fix that before you look at another year with no improvements?
Find something really small, just one habit that can have a big impact and keep it going for three months. Like blackjack strategy, it can’t be learned within one day. Change only two or three habits per year and you have overhauled much of your life in just a few years. Sound like someone is thinking too small?
What Can You Live With?
The total life overhaul sometimes works, but too often it is like a face lift: It makes your life really stretched and strained for a little while, then it kind of fits. After a year or two, most people are back to where they started, except they are out a few more thousand dollars. So, how to make the changes livable?
Plan it That Way
Look at your life. You want things you can change without much effort. Choose a gym that is within 5 minutes of your house, either walking or driving, so you might actually go. If you can find a location that is on the way to work, that’s even better. Check the hours and make sure the classes fit into your life, as opposed to the other way around.
Decide to switch to milk instead of cream in your coffee, or trade one regular soda per day for a diet one or water. Small changes like these add up to only a few pounds difference per year, but guess what? That is just how most people gain weight! Not 50 pounds or 20 kilos at once, but a bit at a time. The weight creep that goes over a decade takes you up a size. So whittle it back down slowly.
Will power is for Dummies and Lucky People
The will power craze is finally behind us, and for those of us who actually want to improve our lives, it could not have ended at a better time. Most effective people have never counted on it and you probably don’t want to either. If will power was going to work for you-you probably wouldn’t be reading this article.
The Rest of Us Need a Better Lifestyle
There are people who can count on will power, and to them we say – go for it. For the rest of us, however, we need solutions we can build into our lives. So think in terms of a few small additions and build yourself a better life in just a year. And then step it up again next year, if you want. With good, reasonable plans, you can get anywhere you want to go.