I haven't made any resolutions this year, but I have taken some time to reflect on my life, plan the year ahead and form new habits. The dictionary definition of a habit is:
- a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
I sat down and looked at what areas of my life I could improve; physical, health, financial, relationships etc. I then thought about how I could improve each area. What small action could I perform regularly that will have a positive effect on my life?
Lets use my physical training as an example.
Reflecting on the last year I can see that I love lifting heavy things and I always make time for it, whereas mobility and stretching is something that I often put to the bottom of my 'to do list'. So now I need to make a plan. What small action/actions could I do every day that will help improve my mobility? It has to be something that there is no excuse not to do, so an hours yoga 3 times a week is out of the question.
I decided on something that would take a maximum of 10 minutes a day and could be split up throughout the day. Pretty reasonable, right?
So, everyday I will sit in a deep squat for a total of 5 minutes (great for my hips, knees and back), and hang off a pull up bar for a total of 5 minutes (great for elbows, shoulders and back). On it's own, it wont get me the results I want, but it is a small manageable action that I can do to take a step closer to my goal.
NOTE: If I don't achieve what you set out to do one day, don't dwell on it. Reflect and see how you can do better tomorrow.
A study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit. So by the beginning of March I will have a regular practice, that is hard to give up and is getting me closer to my goal. Brilliant, let's start another one.
Now you may think 10 minutes isn't worth doing, but it is 10 minutes more than last year and by the end of the year I will have done 60 hours more mobility work than the year before. Now that is a lot, and it will make me more mobile.
You can use this process to enhance any area of your life. Another example would be the relationship with your partner. Joanne is a clean freak, totally anal about hoovering and poofing the sofa (I had no idea this was even a thing before I met her). Saturday she hoovered the rug by the front door before she left the house. 2 hours later she text asking me to do it again because her Mum was coming! Crackers!
Me doing more round the house would make her happier and give her more time to lavish me with attention, so that sounds like a good plan.
Every day i will do a job that I wouldn't normally do. So maybe the washing, a bit of dusting, or even poofing! Cleaning the toilet is still out of the question though. This small job will soon become a habit and Joanne will be a little bit happier, which is good news for everyone.
You can see how a small, consistent action can make a big difference to your life.
So take some time to reflect and plan and form new habits this year rather than a wishy washy resolution.
Happy New Year