January is the time of year when people decide to completely overhaul their lifestyle in order to become leaner, fitter, healthier, sexier, the list goes on. You’ve probably noticed the up-tic at the gym, your friends are using the word cleanse in every other sentence, and your invites for drinks are being declined. By February, though, all will be back to normal. Resolutions are tossed out the window, cleanses have come and gone, the gym resumes to their year-round regulars, many drinks are being had, and nobody has reached their goals of being leaner, fitter, healthier, or sexier. In fact many of you will feel worse than you did before your overhaul. Why? Because you’ve failed. Nobody likes a loser. So you free fall out of control off the wagon you are now rolling around in the mud feeling like you will never get up again.
A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning.
In the book The Power of Less, Leo Babauta states The only way you’ll form long-lasting habits is by applying the Power of Less: Focus on one habit at a time, one month at a time, so that you’ll be able to focus all your energy on creating that one habit.
Babauta says the success rate when only adopting one habit per month can be as high as 80%. However, if a person tries to adopt two habits at the same time their success rate drops below 20% for either habit.
Pick your first habit pick one of the following:
- Drink more water
- Take a good quality probiotic every day
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Turn off all devices by 8pm
- Walk 10 minutes morning, noon, and evening
Once your first habit feels like a real habit pick a new one…and on and on just like that.