From New Year’s Resolution to New Lifestyle

Posted on: February 12th, 2015 by jmack
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The New Year has come and gone, which means you may have forgotten your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry; everyone else has, too — no matter how simple.

The problem with resolutions isn’t the difficulty of each one, but in making them a routine. It’s training your brain to have resolve that’s the difficult part.

There are several reasons that joining a gym is a common resolution. People want to live better — and these resolutions act as a stimulus to begin the journey towards that goal. As the year passes, the stimulus grows weaker and less frequent with each new excuse.

Here’s what you need to know:

Stimuli and motivation have a limited shelf life. The holidays are over. By the second week of January, you’ve forgotten everything you resolved to do. And by February the novelty of the New Year has worn off. So what keeps you motivated?

Motivation doesn’t come from resolutions. They’re just words. Real, authentic motivation comes from something more important. Motivation comes from change and self-actualization, meaning, “the desire for self-fulfillment and actualization of potential.” It’s not always easy to get yourself motivated. A catalyst is often needed to galvanize your resolve. Sometimes it’s a medical condition (or fear of one), competition among friends, or an unsettling moment of clarity where you notice that a change is necessary.

To genuinely commit to a New Year’s resolution, you have to adapt to change. Your life will be less like your old, comfortable routine, but your resolutions will become steadier and easier to follow through on. See your own potential, desire it and then make it reality — actualize it. When your resolution becomes routine, you’ll start to enjoy it because it brings you closer to your goal.

Educating and preparing yourself beforehand elicits results. A common myth says that 21 days of a behavior forms a habit. That’s a myth, but 21 days is progress. It just doesn’t stop there. If your expectations are realistic, you’re more likely to stick to your resolution.

If you follow this advice, you’ll achieve your goal, you’ll live better, and the journey you took will fill you with pride.

 

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