“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein
One of the most puzzling statements I hear from people about this time of year is that they are going to change their lives, but not until after the holidays. That statement assumes that first, there are things they need to change, and second, they are still going to be alive after the holiday. Ouch! Sounds like we’re going into the land of New Year’s Resolutions!
Number one on the list of the most common resolutions has to do with getting fit and healthy. This is followed by, depending on your information source, weight lose, better money management, enjoying life, and spending more time with family and friends. And surprise, only about 8% of people succeed. I think for cats the percentage is higher because every year they resolve to sleep at least 18 hours a day. Cats have this resolution thing figured out.
So how can we become part of the 8%? The number one piece of advice is to make goals small, specific, and measurable. So what the heck does that mean to a woman who is a master at rationalization. It means that if I want to focus on fit and healthy, I don’t start with a resolution to eat only healthy food for the rest of my life! Maybe I’ll start with a resolution that says I won’t eat after 7:00 at night. That fits the small, specific and measurable criteria.
Once that goal becomes a habit I could move on to another small, specific, and measurable goal. If I give myself a month to put each new habit firmly in place I could make 12 positive changes in my life every year! I am a whiz at math, aren’t I.
So here’s to the journey to join the 8%. I think I can, I think I can!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.