Many people enjoy creating New Year’s Resolutions so they can tackle January with enthusiasm and the motivation that comes with the hope of a fresh start and the social momentum of bettering yourself in the new year. While I think New Year’s Resolutions are great in theory, they never seem to stick as we get busy, and life gets in the way. Before you know it, March has rolled around, and those important resolutions are no longer a priority.
For me, it helps to start small. I’ve found that zeroing in on how my daily habits can help me achieve my larger goal, which creates traction for me. Knowing this, I decided to think about what I truly wanted for myself in 2022 and started on those habits now – in November. Eating healthy and being fit is something that I want to have as a part of my daily routine but hasn’t quite panned out the way I envisioned it would. I don’t know about you, but right now I’m navigating through an exercise in self-control with the excess Halloween candy still in our house, which will be followed by savory and rich food/recipes we’ll be trying out for the Thanksgiving dinner we’re hosting, which rolls into delicious holiday baked goods and sweets to celebrate the rest of the season. Knowing that temptations and my list of excuses were only going to grow with the frenzied pace of the holiday season, I wanted to set myself up for success now and not wait to dig myself out of a 5lb hole later.
For 2022, I am committing to working out each day, which naturally leads me to want to eat healthier. I know that if I can get into the routine now, that come January it will be easy to keep up something I have been doing consistently for months.
It isn’t just about creating healthy habits, it’s about consistency. This means I may need to remind myself why these daily habits are important to me. What helps to keep me on track is reading (or listening) to books such as Atomic Habits by James Clear, and telling my family and friends, and you all about my goals to increase my motivation and accountability.
So why not start next year’s resolutions today? There is no time like the present!
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