Happy New Perspective! Yes, this is usually a time for New Year resolutions but this time around, we are making a permanent change. Let’s try to break out of the routine way that we think this season. The reason is simple; positive momentum vs. potential moments.
For example, we have all heard the stats; it takes approximately 65 days to break a habit. The most common resolution is to eat healthier and exercise more but only 9.2% of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolution.
Well, what if I told you to create a goal that incorporated back sliding into it? Let’s say you want to lose 15 lbs, set your calendar up as such:
- Week 1 and 2: Lose 3 lbs.
- Week 3: Gain 1 lb.
- Week 4 and 5: Lose 6 lbs.
- Week 6: Gain 2lbs.
And so on to so forth. Radical isn’t it? Instead of a perfect linear drop in weight, I have built in what can be considered “The Human Element.” It’s an acceptance that I am not a failure because I take 2 steps forward and 1 step back; I am actually a real person. The key is gentleness and self acceptance. Growth in most aspects of life has ebbs and flows which I am perfectly fine with so long as I never give up!