From January to March last year, everything in my life changed - my family moved, a romance ended, I took a pay cut at work, forcing me to find a new job, and I was often sick. The best change of all, by my choice, was enrolling in Boulder College of Massage Therapy. My graduation speech (previous blog) may give you an idea of what I gained from that change. Last spring was a new beginning.
Now that I've graduated, I'm facing a new beginning once again, but this time with more independence, a larger pile of debt, and a deeper knowledge of myself and good health. So I'm making resolutions along with everyone else. The Heath brothers have some excellent advice on how to make resolutions stick:
- Point to the destination - I'm going to pay off all credit card debt by January 2015. If I say I'm going to "pay off debt" this year, I could pay off $50 of my student loans and technically accomplish that resolution. So a distinct goal is necessary.
- Shrink the change - I will dance for 15 minutes today. I would love to go a 1-hour SoulSweat class at Alchemy of Movement, but it costs $14, it's on a schedule that may not fit in with mine, and 15 minutes is a lot easier to fit in to my full day. 15 minutes of dance in my living room is doable, and more beneficial than doing nothing to fulfill my need to be active & creative.
- Build habits - While my tea is steeping in the morning, I will clean something in the house. It's easy for me to ignore clutter and crumbs, but I prefer to live in a well-organized, clean house. Yet again, a few minutes of cleaning is a lot easier to fit in to my full day than a whole hour. I set an "action trigger" ahead of time to encourage this habit, to help prevent me from turning on the computer to check Facebook right after I pour the water for tea.
There are many other tips and inspiring stories in Switch, and you can read the first chapter on their website if you want to check it out. When following through with resolutions, it helps to share them with others. So tell me, what are you going to change this year?