We Hear It’s Habit-Forming

We’re approaching that fateful date —January 10. It’s the day obnoxious non-believers just love to remind us of. On January 10 most people have given up on their New Year’s Resolutions entirely. Well, that didn’t take long, you might think.

But maybe we’re being too hard on ourselves. You may not have thought about your New Year’s Resolution since you made it on January 1, but that doesn’t mean all is lost. Be gentle on yourself. Not to worry. 2013 isn’t over yet, you know.

Recommit to Your Resolution
To help you recommit to your goals, remember that you made your resolution because it speaks to something that’s important to you. The motivation behind your resolution may be reason enough to keep trying for it.

For example, let’s say you resolved to read more this year. Perhaps your Facebook news feed is the only thing you’ve read since December. To kick-start a new reading plan, start with a book that really interests you. Now is not the time to check out War and Peace just because it looks impressive. Rather, read something that you’ve always been curious about. A book that will teach you a new skill will inspire you to read it cover to cover.

Strength in Numbers
Resolutions are especially challenging because most people make them on their own. If you’re a non-exerciser interested in yoga, know that you’re new to it for a reason. Here’s what we mean: before the New Year, you were on the outside of whatever activity you admired but didn’t join. Maybe you didn’t know how to practice yoga, or even where to start. If you resolved to try yoga, find a group that will help you meet your goals. Join a gym that offers introductory classes or a buy a DVD for beginners to guide you through the cobra and the sunrise salutation. (Those are yoga poses—but soon you’ll learn that for yourself.)

Don’t let your New Year’s Resolution isolate you. Instead, build a community around whatever new hobby you’ve got your eye on.

A Dinner Date with Your Diet
Are you one of those self-punishing poor souls? Don’t despair if your New Year’s Resolution mercilessly involved losing weight or dieting. Just ease up. Losing weight is a lifestyle change but don’t be too hard on yourself. Make small changes in your daily life instead of ones that will turn your world topsy-turvy.

You can still dine at your favorite restaurant. Simply dine differently. Make reservations a few days in advance so that you can plan ahead. Eat well and schedule additional exercise before your evening out so you have caloric room to indulge. Once at the restaurant, savor your wine and your dessert! Don’t be afraid to take some home for delicious leftovers either.

January doesn’t have to be such a bummer. Don’t think of it as the month you made a goal you didn’t make, or broke a promise to yourself. View it as your shining month of dogged determination. Go back to your New Year’s Resolution, again and again, no matter how many times you fall down or slip up.

Don’t ever give up on you—we haven’t.