The start of the year begins with many people trying to change for the better. But the way the change is incorporated into your life makes all the difference. The more passionate you are about a change the more likely you are to carry it through, especially during the difficult times.
Think realistic change.
Assess your natural capacity and ability. Are you really capable of running a mile each morning? If you know you are realistically unable to make that change in your life – don’t even think about it! Deep down, you know what your capabilities are, so get determined about your abilities and put them to the test.
If you are determined enough, you will make a change at any time of the year and not simply when the calendar dates change. Figures and dates mean very little to the emotional brain unless there is a strong element attached to the dates concerned. The desire to change needs to be there more than anything if the change is to last a lifetime.
So if you slip, do yourself a favour by not being too harsh on yourself. Just keep trying until you succeed. If you are desperate for the change, you will certainly achieve it.
What of the people who make a list of resolutions and don’t get past the first few?
Well, in this type of case it is best not to spread yourself thin. Begin with one simple change at a time. Incorporate this change into your life by making it part of your everyday living habit.
When you achieve incorporating this habit successfully into your lifestyle, you can move onto the next change you wish to develop and maintain. One step at a time leads to success.
Too many changes simultaneously can put you off from making any changes at all. This is because it gets frustrating and annoying having to juggle various changes at the same time. Give yourself plenty of time to adjust to all the changes you set for yourself.
Why not spread the New Year resolutions equally throughout the year instead of focusing on all of them together in January and then giving up on all of them before February can be seen on the horizon?
Slow change is more likely to be successfully maintained as part of your on-going lifestyle. Begin by accepting yourself for who you are and by trying to understand yourself better before making any drastic changes in your life.
Don’t limit your change options to just your body or small habits. Consider the bigger picture and take all 3 aspects of your mind, body and soul into consideration. If one area feels difficult to combat, why not try another until you are ready to deal with your original target?