There would be no New Year without people making resolutions to lose weight or change their life around one way or another. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that around 8% of the people who make those resolutions actually stick to them and follow through. Why on Earth? Well, that’s simple. Again, like most of the articles I write, this one will most likely present little or no new information because we all know this. But as we’ve… I’ve talked about, there’s a vast canyon between knowing and doing.
So, the simple reason why most people don’t stick to their resolutions (or don’t even start) is because they’re trying to change the output without changing the input. Taadaa! One of life’s greatest mysteries revealed! But seriously, to just change something crucial in life at the snap of a finger requires crazy self-discipline. For those of us who are still working on improving our self-discipline, here are a few tips on how to change habits. Change the input. That’s it. Sure it sounds smart and simple but what does that actually mean?
Let’s take one of the most common resolutions and that is losing weight and getting fit. Most believe that simply by deciding to get fit, muscles will almost automatically start forming. I exaggerate but few realise that by deciding to spend an hour every day exercising, the day doesn’t magically get 25 hours. No, to spend an hour a day working on a new habit, you need to take an hour from your existing habit pool. Every time you wish to implement a new habit, you need to sacrifice either a bad one or, if all your habits are good (liar!), the one that is least good. Maybe instead of spending an hour in bed going through social media, go for a run or jump up and down. In truth But really, that’s not where it all starts. It starts in the mindset. The little pilot in our head that’s steering the body. Changing the mindset is easier if we expose ourselves to things we wish to attract or manifest into our lives. For example, if I want to lose weight and get my butt into shape, then instead of checking social media for breweries, cake shops and video games, you should probably follow athletes, gyms, sports events or just @therock (I mean come on, who’s not inspired to get their butt off after seeing the Titan Games promo?). If you want to get more financial success in the new year, stop following and listening to broke people, but instead plug in to the ones that are already doing it. Make your goal a part of your daily life. Surround yourself with things that will remind you where you’re going and keep it in sight and in heart.
Some might already be giving up as soon as they realise there will have to be some sacrifices, but one thing everyone should realise is that we’re all sacrificing our time and focus on things that we do, just make sure you’re spending your time on things that are worth it, not spending it on things you won’t even remember in a week.
One last thing. Reading this article isn’t going to change your life. Let’s be honest, you didn’t really need this article to tell you all that and you’re not missing anything to make any change in your life. Wherever you are and whatever your situation is, start with the tools that are currently available to you and you will, beyond a doubt find better tools along the way.
The time will never be just right and I can bet my a** that a year from now, you’ll be glad you started today!