Are you making New Year’s resolutions this year?
You have a new, fresh calendar! It’s a blank slate, full to potential to do it better than you did last year.! So, making resolutions is the natural thing to do, right?
The problem with resolutions is that they don’t work.
It doesn’t matter what you do. You can never really keep them. Here’s the reason why.
You make resolutions to stop bad habits or start good habits. But your subconscious mind feels like every habit is vital to your survival. Yes, it even feels that way about the habits you “know” are bad for you.
Your subconscious doesn’t listen to your logic. And your subconscious controls 95% of what you do.
Here’s what to do instead of making resolutions.
Choose a word for the year! Yes, choose a single word.
A word works better than resolutions because your subconscious doesn’t see it as a threat. You aren’t trying to make a radical change in a habit. It’s just a simple word.
A word has more power than resolutions
Two years ago I chose the word “celebrate” as my word for the year. I’ve never been very good at celebrating. I sucked at it. In fact, the year that “celebrate” was my word I sucked even worse at celebrating. Holidays, life events and successes came and went. I didn’t celebrate.
You see, I had this idea that feeling good about winning or success was prideful. I was supposed to be humble. And that meant keeping my emotions wrapped up tight! No dancing in the end zone! No fire of passion and shouting!
But I was great at celebrating last year. I crushed some big goals in 2018. And I took time to celebrate what I did and feel how awesome it is to win! My word for 2017 made a difference!
Three steps to picking your word
1. What is a part of your life that you most want to improve.
2. Pick a word that was fire you to focus on that area.
3. Set up your word to appear throughout the year via reminder on your calendar, your phone, had her for Facebook, or Instagram.
Now, of course, you can’t just choose a word and forget about it. Your word is inspiration and a reminder of what you want. It’s not a magic spell.
For example, let’s say you decide to get in shape and lose weight. And you the word “health”. You can look at your word every day. Nothing will happen if you don’t work out and watch what you eat. You still have to take action. Your word only reminds you of what you said you want. You still have to do the work.
So ditch your resolutions.
Find yourself a word to inspire you. If you use it right, your word will make real changes that resolutions can never make. And, if you’re like me and pick a word you suck at, you can carry your word over to next year. You’ll be surprised at the power you can find in a word.
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