Having just returned home from the re-open house of our community workout facility, with it being just the third week of January, the main observation – many of us are still committed to our New Year Resolution.
According to most recent research about resolution effectiveness just 64% of us who make resolutions make it beyond the first month.
Kind of demotivating isn’t it?
There doesn’t have to be giving up like this.
Not for resolutions, or even for new habits you might want to put in place.
Here are six ideas for greater success. It’s a …
short guide to easy ways to succeed with new habits.
Examine the new habit you want
Do you often rush to instill a new habit? Sometimes I do. But most times I think things through. I give thought to what is my over all goal, or intention. Until I do that, there is little point in deciding on a habit.
Last year my intention was to grow spiritually. Be careful what you ask for because it was one of the most challenging years of my life. There was no where BUT spirit to turn to.
Outside of my actions to overcome the stress and worry, it was important for me to praise God for any size blessing along the way. Unbelievably, or maybe due to the undue stress, sometimes a day or two would go by and I would – forget to act on this desire.
Then I found “Tiny Habits” http://tinyhabits.com/ by BJ Fogg. I followed his plan and now over 8 months later, every night when my head hits the pillow, I take a minute or so for praise time.
Laziness and indifference can lead to derailing our intentions to put new habits in place. If that is the case, the first thing I might do is question this habit – is it something I want to do or someone else wants me to do?
Hold yourself accountable
The last 2 years at the https://www.coach.me/patriciaweber has been an asset to holding myself accountable to things like – drinking more water, setting priorities for the day, and a 30 day plank challenge.
Checking-in to this community everyday is now a daily routine or you might say, a habit. It’s the easiest way to personal accountability whether it’s a daily habit or a weekly habit or some other frequency.
Of course some of us can benefit with someone else holding us accountable. On Coach.me you can have it your way: be accountable to yourself of find a coach for just about every habit you can think of!
Getting going at the beginning of a New Year with new habits isn’t usually a problem. Like the people I saw at the gym today. It’s continuing after all the confetti is cleaned up that more people cave.
Not wanting to be embarrassed for quitting a new habit?
Find a way to take action for the frequency of what you are taking on and hold yourself accountable for it. For me visuals do wonders.
Make it rewarding
It’s important to recognize our progress and our successes. In my experience as a business coach, people tend to work their butts off going to the brass ring. When they cross the finish line to achieve the set goal, they rush right one by the line without even cheering for themselves.
Even F1 Formula race car drivers take a victory lap around the course while waving to their fans.
But as people in pursuit of every day goals, we keep on running. That’s just plain wrong.
Stop and do a little happy dance or reward yourself in some small way when you own a new habit, each time you act on it.
Remember BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habit method? This can propel quantum success with continuing habits after reaching a personally set goal.
Two takeaways from the Tiny Habit method for setting new habits: Start small. And set a trigger.
When I first started meditating I started with just 5 minutes. Now it’s usually 10 to 30 minutes.
Then, set a trigger. The key is to find something I already do, like brush my teeth. And a trigger becomes, “After I brush my teeth, I will find a quiet space and meditate for 10 minutes.” Already being in motion it’s easy just to get to the next step.
Help someone else
This is my favorite thing about the Coach.me community. If you are a giver like me you’ll be able to relate.
Many people have questions about a new habit they are undertaking. If we have this habit instilled we can take it for granted. But why not share your wisdom?
Here’s a question someone in the community had where I contributed an answer:
“First, thanks to all those who answered my previous question, I have a second one: can I meditate more than once per day?”
Here’s how I answered:
For me it works. I start the day off in meditation then usually midday I’ll take a shorter time. I know if others who like to meditate in the evening. This is an individual practice. Play with different times to find what is to your liking.
By the number of thumbs up, it seemed to be helpful for the questioner and others. Let’s not take what we know for granted.