1 Year, 12 Resolutions

1 Year, 12 Resolutions

By Carter Severns

What is the point of a resolution?

Overall, I would say the most common reason for creating a New Year’s resolution is for self-improvement, and nearly all resolutions are in a physical or emotional capacity. I think we can all agree with that, right? But what is it about these resolutions that people find to be so daunting or that causes them to give up after only a few short weeks?

I feel that often times people have good intentions with their resolutions, but set themselves up for a mediocre attempt which leads to an inevitable fail.

You can’t walk into the gym for the first time in 6 months and expect to bench your body weight. You can’t walk onto the track after a year of Whataburger and run a 6 minute mile. So why expect that of yourself?

ss fat guy 2


Why not take a new approach?

I’ve decided to take a different approach to the typical New Year’s resolution in hopes of giving myself a better chance at achieving my goals. I am positive I am not the first to conceive this idea, however I thought I would share it nonetheless.

The goal is to create a new, good habit every month. Lofty goals, I know.

According to the Google machine, it takes 21 days of repeating an action before it becomes a habit. This applies to both good and bad habits just the same. So if I can repeat an action for 30 days, then a strong habitual tendency should be created. Based off of what we now know about habits, this will be ingrained in my daily routine and theoretically stick with me throughout the year. If nothing else it is an interesting theory, right?

If this is indeed the case, I could potentially create 12 new resolutions in the year 2016. Or in this situation 12 new, good habits.

bad habits 2


Where do you start?

Write down all the habits/resolutions that pop into your head. Don’t discredit any of them, no matter how crazy they may seem. Then take a step back and look at your list. Do you see any patterns? Do any of them logically lead to the next?

If you have two goals that are related then start with the logical one first.

For example, you have a goal to lose 20 pounds and a goal to eat healthy. Focus on healthy eating for the first month, then the second month focus on losing that 20 pounds. Odds are by the time that second month rolls around, you’ll already be headed down the path to weight loss because of the habit you formed in month one.

In order to transform these new actions into habits, create a 30 day plan to achieve them. Don’t let your mind think past 30 days, just compartmentalize your year into the current month and the current goal.

Back to my previous example, by eating healthy you are already headed in the right direction. Maybe now your month two plan includes some type of physical exercise habit in addition to your month one habit of healthy eating.

So, if you’re reading this you are clearly an educated genius and I need not continue to explain the logic here.

Leave your feedback in the comments and follow me on twitter to see how this plan works out for me in 2016!



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