How To Succeed At This Years New Year’s Resolutions by Stanley Homes, Premier Home Builder Brevard & Volusia County
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? Or did you shy away grunting “it never works out anyways”? Truthfully I grunted, saying “what is the use?” It sounds great to have an answer when people ask but honestly I can’t even remember what it was I said I was going to do differently last year!
This year however, like many others, I am setting my goals on achieving a “healthier more fit me” for the upcoming year. I came across a very interesting article in my search to see how others are doing the first week into their New Year’s Resolution and wanted to share it with you.
Motivation vs. Intention
This article describes how we naturally “feel motivated” to do things, like exercise, but in a study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, the participants who set an intention actually succeeded tremendously in achieving their goal (to exercise more regularly) when they were asked to formulate a plan for when and where they would exercise over the following week.
“The researchers discovered that what pulls that desire out of you and turns it into real–world action isn’t your level of motivation, but rather your plan for implementation.” Says James Clear, author of the article I read.
So if you have made a New Year’s Resolution to get healthier, exercise more, quit smoking or drinking, or even to get involved in volunteer work, put those “good intentions” into action by implementing a plan.
Fill in the blanks.
“During the next week, I will partake in at least 20 minutes of (___________) on (DAY) at (TIME OF DAY) at/in (PLACE)” the article states.
And if you fail, guess what? Welcome to the club! Re-write/ Re-commit to your intentions, adjust your implementation plan to address whatever threw off the balance until you have ironed out all the kinks. Fall down seven times, get up eight, right?
To read the full article or learn more on how to re-commit, click here.
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