Simple Wisdom Tip #74: Skip New Year’s Resolutions for One New Habit

Ready to make some New Year’s Resolutions?  Not so fast.  They usually don’t work.  As Tony Schwartz points out in his insightful book, The Way We’re Working is Not Working, 25% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week, 60% within six months.  The average person makes the same resolution 10 separate times without success.  Wow!

Here’s a better approach.  Begin by identifying one area where you’d like to improve your life.  Pick one new habit to form in the one area.  Follow these simple steps:  1) put it in writing, 2) make it measurable, 3) work on it for a few minutes every day if possible, and 4) find a way to track progress (in writing, on a chart, etc.).

Do this for three months and then, if you’ve established a strong habit, consider adding one more.  In this way, over time, you will change your life.

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