Have you made your New Year resolutions?
There’s a close to 50% chance you have. And there is only 8% chance that you will follow through.
Looking at the new year’s resolutions statistics is puzzling.
But that’s just a snaphot. It is the ‘what’.
What has always intrigued me more is the question ‘why’. Why only 8% of people arrive at their destination?
But, this post is not going to be about the ‘why’. Why something does not happen.
It is going to be about the ‘how’. How to make it happen.
How you can increase the chance of keeping your resolutions
I will share with you one strategy that helped me keep my resolutions, so that you can adapt it to yours.
I used this strategy for cutting soda drinks, chocolate and junk food out of my diet.
You can use it for your diet optimization and/or quitting smoking, for example.
I still, occasionally, can have a glass of coke or a piece of chocolate, but it’s no more compulsive, plentiful consumption. It is totally under control, now. I have tested it many times. I can live without them 🙂
Here’s how it works.
Preventions is better than cure
This strategy is about shifting your consumption decisions up-stream.
It means you must make your decision about cutting off the bad stuff as early in the ‘consumption cycle’ as possible.
This is how I illustrate it.
Once you have your bad stuff in your buttocks, the only thing you can do is burn it.
- Once you hold it in your hands – don’t eat it.
- Once you have it in your fridge – don’t take it out.
- Once you stand in front of the shop shelf – don’t buy it.
- Once you have it on your shopping list – don’t go to the aisle.
- Once you go shopping – don’t put it on the shopping list.
- Once you prepare your shopping list – don’t think about it … or rather think about something else.
Ask yourself questions about long-terms consequences of continuing your habit.
- What will it mean to you (your health, your family, your relations) if you continue?
- What can you expect to happen if you continue?
- What can you expect NOT to happen if you continue?
You will find qualitative answers to these question and you will follow through much faster when you ask these questions at level 6 than at level 1 above.
This way you will make it easier for you to form a good habit because you will have more space for conscious rationalization of your habit. Which is an important step to shape your mindset (what your think). And what you think shapes what you do (your habits). And what you do shapes what you get (results).
Make a fabulous New Year 🙂
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