The magic of the New Year
I don't know where we get this idea that at the stroke of midnight on December 31 of every year, we have the opportunity to become a different person.
As if by magic, we are transformed and everything becomes "better". A kind of Anti--Cinderella effect!
Aaaahhh yes.... the good resolutions
This annual trend affects about 25% of Canadians. According to the Leger polling firm, the highest intention to make resolutions is among 18-34 year olds (45%). This declines as they get older, with 25% of Gen Xers making resolutions and only 17% of Baby Boomers.
Health is popular!
The most popular resolutions concern health. Whether it's to lose weight, move a little more, change your eating habits, meditate or reduce your stress level, the will is there!
BUT... because there is often a "BUT"
The Good Fairy doesn't come in the same package as the resolution. Willpower, effort, planning, motivation, a partner (or support group) to be accountable to, in short, these are tools to "stick it out."
At least for a week or a month. After that? Too often it's a meltdown, letting go, failure, guilt.🤦
I have the solution!
In fact, I have several little solutions 😊
What will work is a series of new "good" habits.
The DOMINO Effect
James Clear, the author of "Atomic Habits", discusses this in his book. It's called the Domino Effect: pairing several small changes that add up to a larger change and - drum roll - a new identity.
And bam! Here comes the 12th stroke of midnight!
Cinderella and her cohort of magical mice become reality!
Enough with the jokes. It's working.😀
I've done it. I experimented with a series of micro changes last fall with the Herbanica group Bye Bye Stress: The Experiment. I reduced my stress and increased my productivity by changing a few small habits!
And if losing a few pounds or drinking less coffee are part of your resolutions, Herbanica has the products you need to get you started and I'll be there to encourage you.
✨Happy New Year 2021✨🥳😀
Take care of yourself...before and after the stroke of 12!