One way to actually achieve your New Year’s Resolution is to develop a practice around it. A practice is something you do on a regular basis. Here are some of my practices:
- Silent meditation 10 minutes a day
- Cardio exercises 2 to 3 mornings a week
- Surfing Your Enthusiasm: Transformational Goal-Setting each morning
- Cook our week’s worth of dinners each weekend
- Belly dance 1 to 2 evenings a week
I have found that adding a practice to my life is a great way to establish what I’m wanting to achieve in a goal I’ve set. It’s a step that can increase your chance of accomplishing what you’ve decided you want to do, especially if it becomes a long-term practice.
I have also found that adding more than one practice to my life at a time doesn’t work. If I try to add more than one, I feel scattered. And I don’t maintain any of the practices I tried to add. When I add one and work on establishing it in my life and keep working on it until it’s established, there’s a much higher chance that it will stick.
Think of the New Year’s Resolution you chose this year. Is there a practice you can take up to support that resolution?
Is your resolution to eat healthier? Think of one practice you could add, such as choosing a healthy breakfast to eat each morning. Once that’s established, choose your next healthy-eating practice.
Is your resolution to get in better shape? Your practice could be to go to the gym, but make it more specific than that. Go to the gym at the same time each day you go. Let it become a habit that becomes part of your life. I worked at an organization that had a gym. Three days a week, I would work out at the gym during the lunch hour and eat my lunch at my desk while I worked afterwards.
Is your resolution to get back to your creative writing. One practice you could do is 10 minutes of free-form writing each morning. This would oil those rusty wheels and help your writing momentum get going.
Here’s to accomplishing our New Year’s Resolutions one practice at a time!
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