Happy 2016, Everyone! I always love the start of a new year! January comes with new goals, a fresh start, and my birthday! Hehe!
I always think it is important to start the new year thinking about what you would like to accomplish for the next 12 months. What better time to start then at the beginning of a brand new year! However, sometimes some of the goals we need to work on most are those that may be our struggles and weaknesses. We all have bad habits that we need to break. Some may be more intense than others, but there is no one on this planet who does not have something they could change for the better. I have heard all types of myths that it can take 21 all the way up to 66 days to break a habit and form a new and healthier one. I worry less about the amount of days, and more on making a conscious effort to work on my new habit given that I am not perfect and will make mistakes. There are a few thoughts I had as I was thinking about forming new habits:
– Specify the habit you are wanting to work on. When we blindly work on our goals, it is hard to see when we are making any progress. I know one of my weaknesses is drinking enough water every day. Instead of just saying “I’m going to drink more water this year!” which is hard to measure, I have committed to drinking half of my body weight in fluid ounces of water (I hear this recommended… But it sure is a lot of water!) Not only have I specified my goal, but I have made it measurable to make sure I am working towards the end result!
– Recognize the intent of your habit. Why are you breaking this habit and forming a new one? Are you always late to work and need a new plan as to how to be early? Have you been a smoker for years and are wanting to create a healthier lifestyle for your future? Knowing the reasoning behind the change will help you stay focused… Especially on those days when you want to give up.
– Mistakes will happen… And that’s ok! You are not a failure if you eat that piece of cake when you are trying to lose weight. You are also not a failure if you don’t have time to work out one day when your goal was to go to the gym 3x a week. The important thing is to begin each day knowing you have a fresh start to working on your new habit. New habits take lots of repetition before they become a part of a lifestyle. So the more you implement your new habits, the easier it will become!
I am so excited to see what 2016 brings for everyone! Just take one day at a time, and before you know it, we will be at the end of another year looking back at all of our accomplishments!
Continuing to break the stigma,
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