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Seasons of Change -- Monthly Resolutions

Posted by cyndyadeniyi@gmail.com on January 2, 2015 at 7:05 AM

It's a New Year and across the country gyms are filled to capacity, houses are being cleaned out, and new habits are being taken for a test drive. We have a tendency to forget all this stuff fairly quickly. Let's not let that happen this year. Let's make 2015 different. There are lots of reasons we are not able to consistently stick with our resolutions. Perhaps some of these resonate with you.

  • Poorly designed, unrealistic goals.
  • Improper or inadequate preparation.
  • Lack of internal motiation.
  • Other things come up and take priority
  • Lack of funds to complete goals. 
  • Lack of support or accountability.
I bet you can add a few more. There are lots of reasons we fail year after year in this endeavour. I'm going to suggest that one of the reasons is because trying to change at the beginning of the year is not frequent enough to sustain interest. In other words, if we made resolutions more often, we would be more likely to follow through because there would not be a long lang time between failing at task and making a new resolutions. 

Here's an example of what I mean. Suppose the New Year's Resolutions is to exercise 3 days a week and by the end of February 3 days a week has become 1 day every other week.  Traditionally that person would not try again until the following January a full 10 months later. What if instead, the person was making New Month's Resolutions. Every first of the month, going through the process of making resolutions for the month. Then the person in our example, is making a recommittment to their goal February 1 and March 1 and so on. So if they slacked off in February, that's okay because they will get back on track March 1. 

Can you do it? Can you commit to making monthly resolutions?

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