Resolutions: For Big Changes, Think Small

Resolutions: For Big Changes, Think Small

January 2

Every year at this time I make a New Year’s resolution.  I’m going to exercise, I’m going to succeed in my career, I’m going to be a better home maker, I’m going to stop drinking soda, and the list goes on and on.  Do I ever actually succeed in my resolutions?  You guessed it, I never have.  However, I do take comfort in the fact that I’m not the only person who hasn’t succeeded in their long list of resolutions each year.  Why don’t we continue on with our quest for growth past January with our resolutions?

My theory is that I try to change too much all at once.  I have habits that are hard to break and breaking one would be one thing, but breaking five that’s even harder…. no, impossible.  So maybe I just need to focus on one small thing and try to change my habits to include this minor change.  Once I’ve succeeded in this I can move onto the next goal.

My mother has always said once you have done something for 25 days straight it has become a habit.  So if I can take my small resolutions and do it for 25 days straight it will become a habit and I can then focus on my new resolution.

One of my main resolutions is to succeed in my career.  How can I succeed?  Well, I need to impress those I work for, care about my job, and learn everything I can about my role.  I’m going to first focus on learning everything I can about my position.  If I can make it a point to learn something new every day I will discover that I am applying it towards my work and therefore succeeding.  Once I have applied all I have learned with hard work and dedication I will have hopefully impressed a person or two along the way.  After all, baby steps will get you where you want to go.  It won’t happen all at once.

I hope all of you will have success with your goals for 2013.  Good Luck!