Do you believe that you lack willpower when you don't stick to a new resolution?

There are dates on the calendar that tend to prompt reflection of how your life is going; your birthday, your wedding anniversary and New Year’s Day. There may be more, but they all have the same sense of a new start. New starts also imply that things can be better. And that’s a good approach to everything you do in life as long as you don’t wallow in self-critical examination.

Enjoying your new habit helps you stick to your resolutionEverything you have done had a good intention behind it. You may not know what that was, but at the moment the choice was made, it was the better choice.

That’s why resolutions to do better, be better, are really a choice by choice venture. To lose weight, you can run out there and jump into a new exercise program and/or a new diet. But when you make big changes like that, it’s hard to stick to them over time. Sticking to your plan becomes a battle with your willpower.  Though you feel energized in the beginning, it can become quite a chore to stay on task.

It is good to reflect on what changes you want to make. But to stick to them, try understanding why the change you want to make is important to you. How will it make you feel once you reach it? How will it impact you and those who are important to you? What is the cost of not making the change?

Instead of jumping into too many changes, or a REALLY BIG one, all at once, address every choice you make in regard to habits you want. For instance, when you go out to eat and bread is placed on the table, do you normally have a slice or two?  If you want to eat less carbohydrates, including less bread, ask the waiter not to bring bread as you sit down. If there is bread before your dinner arrives, wait until you have food in front of you. This way, if you do eat bread, it is combined with vegetables, proteins and fats reducing the impact on your blood sugar.  You may even eat.  Just that slight change can help make a difference.

A Book Can Help You Stick With Your Resolution

There’s a book called The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson and John David Mann that speaks to this. Every choice you make either moves you toward your goals or moves you away. There is no straight line to follow. If you want to increase your natural energy, lose weight or create a new habit, make small shifts in your choices consistently over time. It’s won’t be fast, but you’ll get there. Big swings of focused intention followed by big swings of “falling off the wagon” tend to only make you miserable.  Making it harder to reach your goals.

If you want my support, post on my Facebook page, send me messages, email, or hire me to coach you through it.  Just know that it's is possible to feel better.  You can be a more confident, functional you, and you don't have to do it alone.

Do you have a strategy for reaching your goals you would like to share?  Share your experience and insights in the comments below and help others feel confident.

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