Resolutions Don't Work. Do This Instead.
I am not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions - and here’s why:
They don’t work.
When they don’t work, you feel like it was YOUR fault.
They don’t work.
Let’s break it down:
Towards the end of December, you may be feeling over-sugared, over-stuffed, and over-pudgy.
Something has to change.
January 1st is only days away, so you figure, “That’s it! I’m going to START FRESH on January 1st and change everything about my diet and lifestyle that is currently plaguing me. This is going to be MY YEAR”.
Perhaps you commit to no sugar.
Maybe it’s exercise every single day.
Perhaps you’ll eliminate everything processed.
But then the new year hits and, suddenly, it all seems a bit more challenging than you thought it would be back in December.
It’s hard to commit to no sugar when it’s cold and you want some hot cocoa.
It’s even harder to exercise every day when it’s freezing and you can’t haul yourself out of bed.
And what counts as processed?
What started out as resolve has deteriorated into frustration and disappointment.
I write about this phenomenon in my book (shameless plug) and I’ll say it again here: Please don’t make resolutions.
Instead, raise your standards.
When you make a resolution, it’s concrete. Unyielding.
If you ‘fail’ to stay committed to a resolution, you feel like you gave up - like you were just too weak/lame/undisciplined to stick with it.
And THAT’S why I don’t like resolutions.
When you raise your standards, you make a shift.
You slowly begin to grow into a new-and-improved version of yourself….who eats less sugar, exercises more frequently, and avoids processed foods as much as possible.
Those are your new standards.That’s just how you roll.
The whole reason I created my Healthy Habits Coaching Club (another shameless plug) was to provide the safe, happy, welcoming space for people to raise their standards.
There are no ‘resolutions’ - and nobody ever fails. We’re just shifting. Growing. Improving.
If that sounds better to you than white-knuckling your way through January with ‘resolutions’, then I hope you’ll come join the fun!
In the meantime, I hope that your only resolution this year will be: Make No Resolutions.
Instead, I invite you to try on some new personal standards for your health and lifestyle. Enjoy the shift!
Learn everything you could ever want to know about the Healthy Habits Club right here.
Until then, I’m wishing you a happy and healthy new year!