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Choosing Your Purpose Word: Finding Meaning Beyond New Year’s Resolutions
January 17, 2024

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Research shows that 38% of people set goals for the New Year, often to break a bad habit or start a healthy one. However, by February, 80% of resolutions are already abandoned. I’m Dr. Loy Anderson, and today, I want to share five tips to help you maintain your resolutions or develop new healthy habits.

1. Find Your Why

Instead of focusing solely on what you want to change, dig deeper into why you want to change it. Maybe you want to lose weight or stop smoking. But why? Perhaps it’s because you want to be healthier to be there for your family or avoid illness. This “why” provides motivation. Keep asking yourself why until you uncover your core reason, often called your “seven-layer why.”

2. Find Your Reason

Understanding why you have a bad habit helps you replace it with a healthier one. We tend to have habits like smoking or scrolling through social media because they provide something we need—whether that’s an escape, stress relief, or distraction. When you understand this reason, you can find a healthier way to meet that need.

3. Start Small and Be Specific

Avoid setting overly ambitious goals like “going to the gym for five days a week.” Instead, begin with small, specific goals, such as “taking a 10-minute walk twice a week.” Success breeds motivation, so starting small and succeeding helps you build momentum.

4. Set Up for Success

Make the new habit as easy as possible. If you’re going to the gym, lay out your gym clothes the night before. Remove cigarettes from your home if you’re trying to quit smoking. Reducing barriers makes it simpler to follow through.

5. Plan for Failure

Plan for setbacks to prevent them from derailing your progress. If you miss a workout or slip up with a habit, avoid self-criticism. Instead, be curious about why it happened. Did stress throw you off? Were you unprepared? Learn from it and adjust your approach to be more successful next time.

Recommended Reading

Check out these books for further guidance:

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • The One Thing by Gary Keller
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Be Bold in 2024

Set goals fearlessly! Don’t avoid resolutions due to fear of failure. Boldly pursue your goals with these tips, and share this advice with anyone who needs it. Let’s make 2024 your most successful year yet.

Take care!

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