Happy New Year!
All the champagne bottles have been cleared.
The fireworks display memories already fading.
The cheesy midnight grin is being replaced as thoughts of getting back to business return.
It’s a new year – time to make things happen!
But oops, already failed day-one of that new year’s resolution or theme.
Don’t worry… this is good news!
Change … especially changing the kinds of behavior we usually put as new year’s resolutions is hard.
We are often trying to start, replace or undo habits that have long since been ingrained. We don’t even think about them. So it’s not surprising that especially at the beginning, we’re going to fall off the wagon.
Here’s the good news
Falling is the wagon, is your key to getting back on track. It gives you a clue about what underlying habits or triggers prevent you from making the change. And once you start to notice these slips, analyze them, and then find a way to circumvent or eliminate them … your new year’s resolution will start to happen more often than not.
See the mistake most of us make is that we expect to rely on willpower the entire time.
That just because we want to see the change, it’ll happen.
How I wish that were so!
Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit and whether they are the habits we want or not, habits will generally prevail.
Even the most disciplined person has to contend with this.
Here’s why it’s good for you!
So new habits … have to be engineered. You’ve got to figure out those hacks that keep you going even when the willpower reserves are low, the alarm doesn’t go off, the gym is closed for the day, the stress got to you, that unexpected bill came up, and on and on.
You have to engineer for those scenarios.
And the best way to notice all those scenarios … those triggers … is to observe them when they happen and then plan your way around them. Every failure is an opportunity to setup up a robust habit … a robust new year’s resolution. So instead of getting frustrated, turn each one into a hack that strengthens your ability to succeed at your new year’s resolution.
Why don’t you start now? Why didn’t your new year’s resolution happen on day one or day two? What do you put in place now to make sure those triggers don’t get you on day three?