I’ve provided a lot of information in the last couple of weeks on how to select a new year’s resolution — that is, how to decide which major change(s) you want to make in your life. But I haven’t talked at all about how to actually make those changes.
I was going to write a blog post on this, but as I thought about what to say, I realized that others have already said it.
Christopher Penn talks about the three questions to ask yourself before you jump off the cliff towards your aspirations.
Steve Pavlina talks about using the first few days of your motivation to set yourself up for success. He also explains the structure of a habit change (hint: it’s not 1. decide to change 2. change easily 3. live happily ever after), and gives an example of that structure in one of his habit changes.
Basically, it comes down to this: if you decide to make a change, you have to think about other changes that go along with it. Deciding to change your spending habits means also changing your eating-out habits and your spare-time habits and your grocery-shopping habits and your clothes-decision habits. Changing your eating habits means also changing what you order at a restaurant and which aisles you go down in the market and which foods you stock in the cupboard.
So think about all of that, and put together a plan to make it happen.
And since there wasn’t much value added to this post, you’ll also get your regularly-scheduled Thursday post this afternoon.
“Habit is habit and is not to be flung out the window by any man, but must be coaxed downstairs gently one step at a time” – Mark Twain