I know the New Year is looming and with that come the usual resolutions that will ultimately be made and then broken. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but even with all good intentions, over 80% of resolutions will fail by February.
So how do you make resolutions that stick?
The answers might be easier than you think. Rather than do a huge overhaul of your life that really isn’t sustainable in the long-term, consider making small changes that you can actually adhere too. By making just a few minor adjustments to your lifestyle and sticking with them consistently, you will find that big changes will evolve, pushing you closer to your health goals.
Why should you believe me?
Let’s see what the science tells us. In a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Phillippa Lally is a health psychology researcher at University College London, studied the habits of 96 people over a 12-week period. Each person chose one new habit for the 12 weeks and reported daily behaviour’s. On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. 
Knowing this, to adopt any new habit into your life is likely to take a little longer than you anticipated, so the key to change is not giving up when February comes along. As humans we are always looking for the quick fix, I am asking you to slow down and take stock instead.
The folks at Elysium recently came up with this useful infographic to get you started on the right path. They teamed up with fitness experts (including me) to recommend habits that can make positive change in your life, either physical or emotional that you feel will help you reach your potential next year.
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How to implement a new habit:
- Pick a habit from the infographic (my suggestion is try to practice kindness to both yourself and others every day)
- Write down your habit and start it now, don’t wait until January.
- On your calendar mark a tick every day that you practice your habit.
- When February comes, don’t stop, even if you haven’t been consistent.
- Notice what happens by the time March comes around, those daily rituals will start to become automatic, like brushing your teeth or making the morning coffee.
So tell me what habit you will pick for your New Year
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- How long does it take to actually form a habit by James Clear, Huffington Post. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/forming-new-habits_b_5104807.html