As the end of 2018 approached, I wondered if I should even make a list of new year resolutions. Somewhere along the way, I fail, then start again, then fail again before the end of the year. This happens even though I made it through the so-called 21 or 28 days it takes to form a new habit or break an old one.
In doing some recent research, I learned that it takes a MINIMUM of 21 days for most people to form or break a habit. According to The Guardian (and other sites), it takes 18 to 66 days and some even take up to 245 days. Whew! I was beginning to think that there was something wrong with me that I could not stick to something new that I started.
I also saw an interview on the subject a couple days ago. The person (I didn’t catch the name) said that motivation is not enough; it is only the surface. A person needs to be dedicated. That means to push yourself to keep going even though you don’t feel motivated anymore. An article on Revolutionary Lifestyle Design basically says the same thing.
Okay – I do that with activities I enjoy. There are times I don’t feel like biking or hiking, but I get out there anyway. With that perspective in mind, this will be the year I finally accomplish my resolutions.
Here’s to 2019 for success to everyone. Cheers!