d0ecb1ee-eae1-4d22-aa09-59966962af85Many take January 1 to mean total transformation. Top down changes to re-invent yourself. However, statistics have largely proven that New Year’s resolutions just don’t work. Few people are able to sustain the effort despite feeling so “gung-ho” about it. Why? Because we just don’t work that way.

We’re not wired to make total transformations unless…we move to a new environment. Think Boot Camp. Alcohol Treatment Center. Studying Abroad. When people completely change their environment and are surrounded by different people and influences, then they can make big changes. The typical person who makes resolutions doesn’t change anything but their mind. Hmm. No wonder it doesn’t work.

SO HERE’S WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO: 

Think of one thing you could do differently this year. One thing that if you changed it could make a profound difference in your life. What would that one thing be?

For me, it’s exercise. I believe that if I exercise 3 or more times per week, I’m going to boost my energy, strength, vitality, mental capability and self-esteem. Wow, that’s a lot of good benefits. And, those benefits will spill over in to other areas of my life.

That’s why this one thing is a top priority. It started with taking the stairs to my 4th floor office as many times per week as possible. Then, I added sit-ups and push-ups in the early morning after getting up. Recently, I’ve added a few times per week on the treadmill. The next addition is going to be walks around the neighborhood and strength training workouts. And so on.

What’s your one thing? And how will it make a difference in your life in 2015?

What first step can you take now to begin to change? Set the bar low as I did with just taking the stairs to start. Changing a little doesn’t take a lot of effort, but it begins the process. Hit Reply and share with me. I’d love to hear what your one thing is for 2015.

By the way, if this subject is of great interest to you, I highly recommend a book I’ve recently read called Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath. The authors share a 3-step process for change that makes sense and works in the many examples they share. If you have a hard time changing your behavior, then this book might help you become a different person.

 

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