New Year, New Elephants

We're a week into 2016, and for many of us who made resolutions or new commitments for this year, this is our kick-off week.  We've got the usual suspects - get back to the gym, quit that smoking habit, eat better, save more money, more time with family and friends, and of course minimize stress.   I'm not at all against resolutions.  I think self awareness and seeking self-improvement are healthy behaviors but I know the real struggle and pain point is figuring out how to stick to it.

So how do we get better at sticking to it?

That self-improvement list can get long and overwhelming.  And as days and weeks pass, doubt about the feasibility of your resolutions start bubbling.  Little subconscious whispers in your head that it's just too hard, too time consuming, too much too soon, and maybe not even worth it.

The first thing to consider is that these changes we tend to make in the New Year are usually lifestyle changes.  Changes that are meant to be longer term and can't be fixed with a pill or some duct tape.  These changes can feel like ELEPHANTS - they're overwhelmingly huge.  But there's only one way to eat an elephant, right.  Piece by piece, or habit by habit.

 

Shifting the way you perceive changes can be the trick to sticking to it.  Changes don't have to be grand in scale, but rather tiny changes and tiny habits can start paving the way for bigger changes.  This infographic from Dr. Mike Evans breaks it down nicely and I dig the quote at the bottom.

So if you made a resolution, let's chip away at the that elephant piece by piece, habit by habit, and celebrate the daily wins and progress.  For extra encouragement, here's another  video from Dr. Mike Evans where he explains why those who make resolutions at the New Year are 10 times more likely to stick to it.  Enjoy and good luck!