Reject the Resolutions for 2021! Am I crazy? Well, yes, I am to an extent. At least I now have your attention!
Every January is like Groundhog Day for the same resolutions that go unresolved year after year:
- Lose 20-30 pounds by February 2nd
- Make 20% more income by March 1st
- Run a marathon by February 30th
Why do we put ourselves through this process like a bunch of zombies who continue down the same road? First it starts with a mindset of making small, weekly changes that are enjoyable. If you don’t have enjoyment in some of the process, you won’t stick to the results. Second, forgiveness of yourself if a day or two doesn’t go as planned. You miss a day of exercise and have a piece of cake, so what. Your resolution isn’t done and over, to wait for another year. Tomorrow get back on your plan like the previous day didn’t exist. Third, be a little vaguer in your steps to achieving a goal. If you’re goal is to lose 20 lbs and you hate jogging and early mornings, don’t set the process to running at 5:30AM, four days per week. Go hiking (an urban hike around your town also counts) with a friend twice per week at a time that suits your mood and schedule.
Here’s an example of what changing your mindset to a healthy lifestyle looks like:
- Exercise twice per week
- Drink water when I’m thirsty instead of soft drinks
- Join a group for running a 5K
These new plans are FREE, have wiggle room if you miss a day or two, and can have fun in the process. You may look at this new list and think it’s very doable, that’s the point! Think about your goals for 2021. How can you create them to be enjoyable, vaguer, and attainable? There are many right answers.
In a study by Per Carlbring in Sweden, he analyzed two groups who made resolutions. One group was specific and had support from friends and groups to achieve their goals. The second group was more uncertain and received minimal to no support from groups and friends. Believe it or not, the second group was more successful! 55% of the second group’s participants achieved their resolutions. Another factor that led to a higher success level was trying something new instead of cutting something out, or deprivation. When you try something new, more happiness is usually involved than depriving yourself of something that previously made you feel good, even if it wasn’t good for you.
Make 2021 a year of happiness and enjoyment to becoming healthier and more active. 2020 sucked, we all know and are ready for its continuation to end. Start today, you don’t have to wait until Monday to add a smile to your daily ritual. Smiling takes less effort than frowning, remember, and it matches every outfit in your closet!
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