Drop the New Year’s Resolution try the January Resolution

If you don’t “do” New Year’s resolutions or they work for you or really for any other reason this doesn’t apply to you, please ignore it.

This year skip your New Year’s resolution and make a January 31-Day Resolution, you are much more likely to keep that resolution and positively impact your life. And make it a real resolution — something both measurable and achievable.

You cannot measure success against “losing weight”, “eating healthier”, “drinking less”, “liking your job”, etc. You can measure “lose 5 pounds”, “don’t eat processed foods”, “no more than 3 drinks a week”, “apply to three jobs a week”, etc. If you cannot measure your goal you cannot know if you are achieving your goal — i.e., it will be just a crapshoot hoping for the outcome you desire.

Make your resolution realistic. If you haven’t been to the gym in a year then you shouldn’t commit to working out 5 days a week for an entire year — be realistic, get yourself 30 minutes twice a week. If you eat pizza three times a week don’t say you won’t eat pizza for an entire year — be realistic, pizza on Friday only. See, if you set unrealistic goals you’ll intimidate yourself into failure.

Now, forget the New Year’s Resolution and go with the January 31-Day Resolution. Same idea, but you are only committing — right now — to do something for the month of January. If it works, if it makes you happy…great, keep it up move into a February Resolution and then to a March Resolution and on and on. Allow the start of each month to be an opportunity to reevaluate and reset your personal expectations.

By reigning in the New Year Resolution to be the January Resolution you’ll make it easier to stick with your resolution — when you are hating the lack of dairy in your diet next Friday you are only three weeks, instead of 51 weeks, away from having a chance to re-evaluate and set new goals.

Success is achieved one step at a time. Marathons are not run in a single step. Set yourself short realistic measurable goals. Execute against those goals. Measure your achievement of those goals. Look at the output of achieving those goals. And then start over.

If you haven’t been achieving what you want from your New Year’s Resolutions then don’t you think it is time to try something new? Try out the monthly resolution starting with a January 31-Day Resolution — see how it works for you and then you can decide if you want to continue.

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