Statistically speaking, you would have ditched your January resolutions by now and probably already slipped back into old patterns. Amirite? That’s okay, you are not alone and if you are reading this, you can start again.
My January aspirations of bone broth and yoga lasted all of a few sips (and way too many savasana poses), but that doesn’t mean I’m throwing in the towel. Holistic living is a practice and if nothing else, I’m going to try my best to do my best.
Did you know? On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behaviour becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. So is it really all that surprising that those January resolutions don’t last? Unless you are part of the elite 8% who stick to their New Year Resolutions, you’re probably already back on the couch watching your yoga mat collect dust. It’s okay, I’m speaking from experience – I’m not part of the 8%, and I don’t think I’m going to be and here is why.
Lack of Honesty
Are you truly committed to running a marathon, losing weight, or whatever else you are committing to do? Be honest with yourself. We often commit to things because we think we should because we shared that we would on Facebook and now you’re stuck, right?
Don’t waste your time with that, you will only disappoint yourself later. Make resolutions you actually want to achieve because you really want to and are actually going to put a plan of action towards. It doesn’t matter who liked your status update – they won’t remember by the next refresh anyway.
While you may have the best intentions with your resolution, you could be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. Put it in perspective. Rather than associating the New Year with resolutions or changes you need to make, consider it a time for reflection on things you wish to work on throughout the year. We spend a lot of time dwelling on what we have not accomplished, but hardly focus on what we will accomplish instead.
Not Believing in Yourself
Sometimes all you need to keep going is a pat on the back—from yourself. Congratulate yourself on your progress. The problem is that many individuals have a very black and white attitude. They see it as either you have achieved your goal or you have failed, but what about the in between? The days where you did get up to go to the gym, even if it was just to check Instagram on a bench?
Choosing healthy snacks over the sweets isle is worth celebrating too and it is important that we concentrate on the small victories too.
Until next time.