Don’t Make Any Resolutions This Year: Create New Habits


That’s right. 2015 is the year for no resolutions.

Nada. Zippo. Zero.

Instead, if you want to make a lasting change in your life, focus on creating a new habit based on the type of person you want to be.

For example, instead of making a general resolution or goal to lose weight, create a new habit based on the type of person you want to be – someone that exercises regularly. Start small, and build on the habit. If you set a goal that is too far out of your comfort zone, like running three miles each morning, you’ll find all kinds of excuses not to follow through. “I don’t have time”, “It’s too cold outside”, “I’ll start tomorrow”. Let’s face it, we all do this. Instead, create one simple habit. Set your running shoes out the night before, and in the morning, just do one thing.

Put your shoes on.

You can do this. Tell yourself, “all I have to do is put my shoes on”. That’s it; you have completed your set goal for the day. Congratulations!

Chances are, once you have your shoes on, you’ll feel like heading outside for a quick walk. After several days or weeks of quick walks, some days you’ll make time for a longer walk or a quick run. You are developing the habit of exercise, and becoming the person you want to be. The key is creating positive habits.

Want to read more on habit creation? Check out Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog – the inspiration for this post is here, and then check out The Smart Ways to Stick to Habits. Thanks Leo!

Now, go put your shoes on!


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