Preparing in advance is huge. There’s no substitute for being fully ready to enact positive change. When you are about to adopt a new habit or new lifestyle, the best thing you can do is to get yourself physically and mentally adjusted to operating in unfamiliar territory.
Dream Big, Start Small
Let’s consider the common resolution of getting healthier. This is a really big, broad goal. There’s nothing specific or concrete about how you are going to get healthier. It’s a very, very general desire. If you want to get healthier, there’s a ton of ways to do it. You can go to your doctor and talk with him/her about starting an exercise regimen or a diet program. You can discuss natural remedies and medications which you might need. Picking something specific provides you with a way to concentrate your efforts.
Going on a diet is another example of a very general goal. What kind of diet are you going to follow? Will it be a temporary fad diet, will you become vegan and make a complete lifestyle change, or will you follow a program which is monitored by a healthcare professional? The broad goal of exercising can be made more specific, too. Are you going to join a gym? Are you going to sign up for fitness classes? Will you go once a week? Are you going to hire a personal trainer who’s going to come to your home? Again, there are lots of lots of ways to achieve this goal which are much more specific than just starting to workout. The lesson is to dream big and start small because measurable, specific steps lead to success.
Prepare in Advance
Small, measurable actions, which you can track, are going to help you monitor your progress. Also, they make preparation easier. If your small step is not drinking soda anymore, then you need to get soda out of your house during your preparation phase. Keeping soda in the pantry is setting yourself up for failure. If you have soda easily accessible, your resolution is never going to stick.
Is Change the Best Option?
Then, ask yourself if the change you want really is the best option for you. Staying away from drinking sugary sodas is a great way to adopt healthy habits. Still, the way you’ve gone about it, such as totally cutting out all carbonated beverages, might not be the best way to change. That drastic change might not be the best way for you. Instead, switching to carbonated water may ease your transition away from bubbly beverages. Recognize if the change you are considering is going to bring about your overall goal.
Make an Action Plan
Finally, when you set a resolution, make an action plan to go along with it. If there’s no action plan about how you’re going to carry this out, you’re probably going to end up muddling through for a couple of weeks and then not sticking with it. Also, if the action plan is unrealistic, you’re going to give up. Begin with something you know you can do and do well. This will help you gain momentum, feel good about your hard work, and want to continue making strides.
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