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New Year’s Resolutions in 30 Days

As the year comes to a close many people take time to reflect on how the previous 12 months went and what changes need to be made for next year.  People call these  New Year’s Resolutions.  Some people only have one or two like lose weight and make more money and others make a big list.  It all sounds great – only problem is that most of us will be right back here next year making the same resolutions again because somewhere around mid January to mid February all of those good intentions just fizzled out.

Why?  There are several theories, but more than likely resolutions are too vague, too broad and the thought of never having pie again is just too overwhelming.  Lifestyle changes require more than just a resolution.  If you have had bad eating habits for several years or a lifetime – just having a resolution isn’t going to get you very far.  Now I know what you might be thinking – that’s why I don’t do resolutions, I have goals!

Setting goals can be a good exercise and many have achieved great things using this technique, but unless you have good habits at putting those goals into action, they may never materialize.

Last year I started reading Steve Pavlina’s blog and one of my favorite articles is on 30 day trials.  The article is called 30 days to success and has been one of the most useful tools in creating change.

The idea is that you don’t have to commit to a major lifestyle change, just give it a 30 day trial.  Eating too much pie?  Then just go without for 30 days.  Then re-evaluate how much pie do you want to eat.  Chances are you will feel better and will have lost a few pounds, so you might not go back to eating so much pie.  The nice thing is that you don’t focus on anything past the first 30 days.  Boy, giving up pie for 30 days sounds a lot easier than never having pie again!

Take those New Year’s Resolutions and see what type of action you need to get something accomplished.  Then commit to that for 30 days.   Just get out your calendar and cross off each day as you go along.  30 days will go by fast!

When I thought about going vegan, the idea of never eating cheese or eggs again was scary – I thought there was no way!  I wanted to do it but I thought it would be too hard.  Then I read Steve’s blog about the 30 days and decided to go vegan for 30 days.  I had no further commitment than the 30 days and would decide how I would proceed after the 30 days had passed.  At the end of the 30 days I found that it was much easier to eat vegan than I had ever imagined and that I felt better and wanted to continue on with being vegan.  Out of all of  my “resolutions” last year, this was the only one that stuck – and it really wasn’t even a resolution.

This year I’ll still make a note of my resolutions, but I will be breaking them down to bite size 30 day trials.  Some of the 30 day trials that are on my list for 2010 are – no desserts (starting this one in Jan!), exercise, juice and read (books, not the Internet).

Just a tip – another one is write on my blog – I don’t really want to post something necessarily everyday, but will need to at least write something daily to establish better writing habits, so will be posting more.  If you want to start doing something weekly, you really need to do at least a part of it on a daily basis.

I challenge you to do a few 30 day trials.  They give you the ability to experience something different to see if it is a lifestyle match for you.  Which new habits do you want to create?  Well, what are you waiting for?

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