If you haven’t already, it is now time to set some goals for 2018. When I look at my goals, they are mostly based on habits that I want to change or begin. If they are not specific habits, the success of the goals hinges on my habits. For example, if I want to lose 20 pounds, I will need to change my diet and exercise routine; That requires habit changes. If I want to look for a new job in 2018, I will need to begin the habit of spending more time networking, or carving out some time during the week to do the research and apply for jobs online. So you get the drift, the goals or resolutions, as we refer them at this time of the year, either are new habits or changed behaviors or they require new habits to support the desired outcome. It is true that it takes 21 days, give or take, to develop a new habit. If we round that number up to 30 days, just to give ourselves some wiggle room, that means that we could – if we only changed one habit per month – effectively change 12 habits in 2018!. Wow, that is really
amazing. That is life changing. According to the book, Switch, changing habits is like building a muscle. The more you do it, the more muscle memory you have and the easier it gets. So here is the challenge, write down your goals for 2018. Remember the SMART goals rule, be, Specific, Measurable, Actionable (make sure you are in control of the outcome), Realistic (okay, at least 50% realistic) and Timed. Now take a step back and really look at your goals. What habits do you need to create or change in order to make those happen? Perhaps you will phase in different habits every 30 days in order to meet your goal. For example, maybe for the first 30 days you skip deserts on weekdays. The second 30 days, you ramp up your exercise. The next 30 days you change to whole foods eating plans. Whatever it is that gets you to your ultimate goal.
What you can accomplish by changing one habit at a time is remarkable! Good luck! Have a wonderful, healthy, successful 2018.