When January rolls around, it’s inevitable to get into conversations about New Year’s resolutions. Overwhelming is an understatement when recounting everything you want to change, or do differently, from the previous year. Sometimes, the task is crushing enough and you’re suddenly over it all together. Let’s avoid that. Everyone will have different takes on the theme of "change" (this year's holiday theme on Cluster), but I’m here to simplify it for you. Let’s start by altering just one pattern, and see what can happen from there.
To start, glance at your list. Eat healthy, go to the gym, lose weight, sleep more, stress less, explore new cities, save money, etc. From there, single out the item that has the most powerful ripple effect on the rest of your day. For example, if you don’t get enough sleep - chances are you’re lethargic, the likelihood of exercising is low and this may result in thoughtless food choices. More so, you’ll be anxious about your appearance and cancel your non-refundable trip. Ok, maybe a little exaggerated but you see my point; the dramatic snowball effect stemming from lack of proper rest.
Let’s get personal. For me, I’m zoned in on ‘stress less’. I’m tired of my hormones being out of sync, digestion slowing down and all the other unhealthy things it does to wreak havoc on my system. Basically, stress will set me up for a day of negative energy. Now that I’ve identified my one thing, (and hopefully you now have yours!) let’s get to the next step and design our resolution for real change.
I have the goal to stress less and will get there by process resolutions. I was reading about this and observed that in the beginning, progress is made by sheer willpower alone but as time goes on, our intentions fade and old behavior takes over. So, a goal to save money could mean a resolution to put 20% of your paycheck into a savings account each month or a goal to sleep more could mean a resolution to set an alarm for 10pm on weeknights. You see, our habits interact with our resolutions.
How am I going to stress less? I shall commit to scheduling yoga twice a week, praying every night and doing 10 minutes of breathing work before I start my day. These practices will add up, daily, weekly, monthly, and so on; small steps equal big change.
The benefit of process resolutions is that when you’re consistent, you begin to shape new habits… And the outcomes of your habits are what make you who you are right now. Like my husband always reminds me, if you can change your habits you can do anything -- LET’S GO 2018!