Last week, we discussed why resolutions don’t stick and how to set the worthy resolutions that help you stick to it.
The 3 factors to consider mainly are:
1. Is it something to add to your identity?
2. Can it be incorporated into my lifestyle?
3. Am I willing to be process focused rather than results focused?
If the answer is yes to these 3 questions, read on.
Resolutions that need to be weaved into our identity, incorporated into our lifestyle, need to be consistently applied for the effect to take place. So logically speaking, anything that needs consistent effort has to start off small.
Imagine being tasked to run a marathon overnight without training.
Imagine having to eat vegetarian in the new year after being a complete Omnivore your whole life.
Imagine having to wake up at 5am for the whole of next year while you spent the current year waking up at 9am.
Rare few have carried out such resolutions with long lasting effects. Hence, the most logical option is to take is to take it small and take it slow, but keep it consistent.
As the saying goes, “Slow and Steady wins the race.” So if there’s any resolution you want to implement, start off with the following concept.
1) Ensure the resolution you want to implement is it at its simplest form – What’s the bare minimum that needs to be done?
E.g. If you want to brush your teeth twice a day, start off with brushing one tooth at night.
E.g. If you want to start running a marathon, start off with running 1 lap around the stadium per week
E.g. If you want to spend more time with family, start with dedicating 1 hour per week just for family
E.g. If you want to save more in the coming year, start with the smallest amount you’re comfortable with ( $1) per month.
The next question that will be on your mind is, for how long should I do this? This differs with every individual but my recommendation to you is to establish this routine for 2 months minimum before you up the challenge. And by increasing the difficulty, I mean, increasing the quantity of work done in that period of time, not increasing the repetitions.
E.g. Brush 2 teeth per night
E.g. Run 2 laps per week
E.g. Spend 2 hours per week with family
E.g. Save $2 per month
Note that the increase in quantity should be gradual, and not a drastic leap. Otherwise, the resolution will fail to stick. Also, do not get into the trap of increasing the repetitions first. Focus on quality work done before focusing on the quantity of work done. This way, you will see better results by the end of the year. It is also important to give priority to taking it slow and steady as the tendency and urge to get better results may fool you into doing more repetitions or take huge leaps in the work to be done. Remember, the results will come when you follow the process religiously.
Have any questions? Feel free to ask me with a comment below. 🙂