Well… How are your New Year’s resolutions going?
Today is the 21st- so technically the third week in January just came to an end. I mention this because it is the toughest time to continue with resolutions A coach once told me that making something a good habit takes sets of three. The first three days may be hard- but if you can start the fourth day it will become a habit. Extrapolate that theory into weeks- the first three weeks are hard- but if you can start the fourth week it becomes a regular practice. And if you can take it to the next step- months- the first two months set the base; the third month becomes a challenge- but if you can start the fourth month- the act becomes ingrained in your behavior.
Another way to look at it is in the beginning you are excited and motivated (day 1, week 1, month 1); the second step is hard- but still doable (day 2, week 2, month 2), and the third step is a challenge (day 3, week 3, month 3). We lose interest or it is too challenging for us, or something else distracts us. BUT if you can make the transition to the fourth day, week, month the benefits will begin to present themselves exponentially.
So- right now- if you have made it through the first three weeks- you can begin the fourth week and the behavior will continue.
Of course- this could also be looked at in reverse as well. The longer you ignore or practice poor behaviors, the likelihood of that becoming a habit is greater too.
So – If you have been sticking to your resolutions- you are starting week four- Congratulations- more power to you. If you have slipped- it’s ok to start over… just focus on making it 3 days and build from there. The beautiful thing is you can always start over.
I’ve had a rocky start- but will continue on with my health and fitness resolutions. Coming off of a mandatory layoff because of illness… I missed four days… I will start again and focus on the next three days.