If you are like the many people who make New Year’s resolutions, you probably made your choice based on things you want to improve upon or change in the New Year. People often resolve to lose weight, eat healthier, maintain better habits and do other things that will make them healthier, happier and more successful. While the intention behind these things is good, the trouble with resolutions is that people rarely keep them for more than a few weeks or months.
Many resolutions won’t work long-term, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t important to make goals and strive to get better and do better. Instead of making resolutions that will fizzle out over time, instead try to implement habits that will bring effective change. In fact, you may find it helpful to look at your currents habits and simply make positive adjustments that will bring the most meaningful changes to your life.
It will also help to remember that for any change to actually stick, you have to give it time and remain consistent. Over time, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts and find that your better habits are working to bring positive change to a specific area of your life. One reason why New Year resolutions rarely work is because people become frustrated and quit when they don’t get the change they want quickly enough.
Even small changes are good changes. You don’t have to change the world overnight or completely transform yourself in order to make and celebrate positive steps forward. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that your resolution has to be amazing or huge to count. Focus on one or two small things to change or habits to improve, and go from there. Resolutions might not always work, but effective change is worth the effort.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC