I am sick of New Year’s Resolutions and I have had a Revelation…I want to have a Resolution Revolution.
Okay enough alliteration, but it does bug me that we get obsessed with “new beginning” on January 1rst.
Most folks set themselves up for disappointment by making the same sweeping promises to themselves (eat better, lose weight, stop smoking) and not really thinking about all the bite size behavior changes it might take to get there. Then when the New Year rolls around again we have a groundhog day moment and are back to where we started.
Plus we always seem to be cracking the whip on ourselves without taking a moment to recognize any of the positive changes we actually did make. Come on….I know there is one thing you can think of that you changed in the last year that you are proud of?!?
So how can you focus on that small thing you did right and build on that?
Did you reward yourself for it?
A reward is one key way to solidify those bite sized behavior changes so be sure to give yourself a (ideally non-food) reward once you did that thing you said you were going to do. Or just as a pat on the back for being human.
The reward doesn’t have to be $plurgetastic– how about just a flower for your bedside, a bubble bath or taking a moment for a funny dog/baby/blooper video on youtube?
One of my favorites is pure Tali-time with a cup of tea and a stack of magazines. Delicious.
What are you going to give yourself for 2013’s successes?