"All of our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits." -William James
On some level we all desire change. The New Year is the perfect time to implement new thoughts, actions, and ultimately habits.
Be wary of the New Year's Resolution. You know.... the one that has EVERYONE in the gym or starting a new business. They're strong for the first couple of months but the 'New Years Resolution' has no resolve. We've all seen the crowd thin in the gym and people give up on their dreams as people slip back into old habits and hardly even notice.
Duke University published a paper in 2006 where a researcher found that more than 40 percent of the actions people performed each day were not actual decisions but habits.
Trying to make a multitude of changes at one time can be difficult, exhausting, and even overwhelming. How about bite size changes? Instead try focusing on one BIG change, a lifestyle change.
We call this a 'keystone habit' (not like the beer you used to drink with your college buddies). It could be smoking, drinking, staying up late, over/under eating or being tardy. By focusing on your keystone habit first, you can build confidence and teach yourself how to reprogram the other routines in your life as well.
"Though each habit means relativley little on it's own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness." -Charles Duhigg
Make 2016 yours! What changes will you make for the New Year? Comment below.