According to experts February 7th is the dreaded day.
Why 38 days?
The answer is as complicated and as simple as something called effort disparity.
The problem arises, however, when reality sets in and we learn/experience success will require a shitton (technical term) more effort than anticipated.
One minute we’re utterly disheveled and the next, in the blink of an over-mascara’ed eye, we’re polished, primped, perfection.
38 days into our personal “Ambush New Year’s Resolution” segment it dawns on us it’s going to take a lot longer than 38 days.
And we surrender.
But not this year.
After much rumination I present you with 3 ways we will defeat the experts’ prognostications, surpass the 38 day mark and cruise toward New Year’s resolution achievement.
Vent, b*tch & moan.
Yep. Do it. The act of complaining serves us in the same way swearing helps mitigate pain.
Kvetch about the challenges surrounding the creation of new habits. Lament the fact change is haaaard and these goals take sooo much work! Give yourself generous a whining-break from focusing on working/executing.
But then? After you’ve bellyached? Embrace that stuff, acknowledge anything worth having requires work and get back to it.
Add an easy new habit.
If, for example, your resolution is to drink more water (raises hand) perhaps the ‘easy new habit‘ is the act of buying a case of Lacroix each time you go to the grocery (also raises hand).
The addition of this new Lacroix purchasing habit may appear simplistic or silly–it’s not. Setting yourself up for success in one area of your life (home) provides the needed momentum to achieve your goal/not give up.
Stop, drop, & laugh.
- Laughter isn’t frivolous it’s a full-body exercise which burns calories, elevates heart rate, and engages our core.
- Laughter is nature’s antidepressant and releases feel good chemicals like dopamine in the brain.
- Laughter boosts will power.
And, for the more serious-types among us, studies indicate our brains cannot differentiate between authentic laughter and faux/manufactured giggles.
The bottom line here is I believe in us.
I know we can do this and I know we will do this through b*tching (and moving on), snagging (the easy habits), and giggling (till we’ve got will power again).
What about you?
- Had you heard about the ominous nature of February 7th?
- Has your motivation toward achieving New Year’s resolutions started to wane?