Want your resolutions to stick? David explains three key items to help.
I’m here at my YMCA for the last swim of the year on the last day of the year. It’s not that crowded. Tomorrow, it’s going to be crowded as can be – crowded for a couple of weeks.
If you want to make resolutions that stick, try these things. First of all, making a resolution is good, just the act that you’re doing it is going to get you closer to that behavior. Number one, make it public. Share with a friend, or a spouse, someone who can then check up on you or you can voluntarily give them updates.
Number two, make it small. If you only rode your bike an average of 100 miles a month last year, you’re not going to ride it 400 miles a month this year. Make it small, maybe go to 120 or something like that. Be successful as a small goal and then you can always increase it.
And number three, make it a behavior or a habit, not an objective. Like if you want to do better with your dieting, don’t say I’m gonna reach 175 pounds, say I’m gonna not eat sweets, or I’m only gonna go out to eat twice a week or some kind of a behavior that you think will get you there. And then focus during the year on practicing that behavior.
So those things – number one, make it public. Number two, make it small. And number three, make it a behavior or habit. And then you’ll be on your way to having a better life. Happy New Year!