We’ve all been there before, its the third day of your New Year’s resolution and heading to the gym doesn’t sound as appealing as continuing your 2nd week of binge-watching The Office. The psychology behind this is simple, something you have established as a habit has a tremendously higher pull than the new activity you wish to pursue. It is proven that new habits take anywhere between two-three weeks to develop. This is where discipline and mental toughness will be your best partners throughout this trifling journey.
Fewer than 10% of all people that set their resolution follow through for more than a month. One of the most crucial things that you can establish when it comes to sticking with your difficult life change is determining what your goal is. Whether that be losing weight, being more positive, or finally growing into the person you are destined to become. You need to also have an answer set in your mind that is there to confront your internal dialogue when the going gets tough. When your alarm goes off and hitting that snooze button for the 3rd time seems like it’s not that big of a deal, you are wrong. A precedence for the day has been set; you are willing to tap out before the going even begins to get tough. You need to have an answer ready and at attention to go to battle with the snooze button so you can get up and get moving.
A justification for your lack of execution on your resolution will derail you from your goals faster than anything. Saying things like “I’ll work out harder tomorrow to make up for this cake today” is the echo of your previous self pulling you back into your old habits. Put yourself out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and check in on those platforms to let people know how you are doing. Making yourself accountable for your actions can help keep you affixed to them because now it’s not just you who will see if you stray from your journey. Make sure to keep that momentum going though. It is one of the most powerful things you could ever have behind you driving you forward.
Sometimes we all need a little help with our resolutions and imagine how far you will be along when a whole year comes to a close. Would you rather be crushing your goals or still on that couch looking for the next T.V show on Netflix?
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