For the past few weeks, I have been reading a ton of New Year’s Resolutions posts. Here is what I have found to be a pretty consistent theme; most of these resolutions are based on ridding oneself of a bad habit.
Here are some of the top resolutions weight loss, exercise, stopping smoking, better money management, and debt reduction. But you can not be successful if you do not change the behavior that has made you overweight, a smoker or negligent with your finances. So instead of making a New Year’s resolution why not ditch the bad habits that caused these misfortunes. Focus your thinking on new behaviors and thought patterns.
For instance, instead of making the proclamation this year I am going to lose twenty pounds. Why not skip the chip aisle at the grocery store or stop drinking diet sodas. If you don’t change the habits that are causing the weight gain you’re going to be here again in 12 months.
Here are few habits I plan to ditch this year.
1. Leave excuses behind. I can not tell you why many excuses I can come with not workout, not sit down and write, etc. So NO MORE EXCUSES.
2. Leaving procrastination behind. I am the queen of distraction ADD to the max. I am continually finding a reason to procrastinate. Most of the time this happens when it is time to clean the house:)
3.Leave self-deception behind. I can not keep telling myself that it’s the kids, pets or other obligations that are holding me back. It’s me and only me!
4. Lastly, leaving dysfunctional relationships. Ending relationships are never easy but if you have that friend that is always pulling you away from what you need to be doing or that business partner that just doesn’t have the same vision as you. It is time to move on. These are necessary endings that will help you grow.
Something else to keep in mind is it takes on average, more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic. It takes 66 days to be exact according to researchers. If you mess up or go out and binge on Taco Tuesday, it’s ok. Building better habits is not an all or nothing process. Give yourself permission to make mistakes.
At the end of the day how long it takes you to change your annoying habit doesn’t matter. What counts is you put in the work and give it 100%. I am confident if you do that you will be successful.
What are some habits you’re looking to ditch in 2017?
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