Hey, lovelies! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done any blogging. I’m glad to be back with you!
Today, we’re talking New Year’s resolutions. You know, the goals we set out to accomplish in the excitement and hope of the upcoming year. Sadly, though, most resolutions end up abandoned by February. Yikes! Okay, well, maybe that’s not a fact, fact. I heard it on The Office so it must be true? 🤷 No matter what the true statistics are, most people do not follow through on their resolutions.
Why is that? We all make well meaning goals. We might want to exercise more or read more or get rid of a bad habit. These are all well intentioned pursuits and we know doing these things is in our best interest. So why do we end up going back to our old ways in a matter of weeks?
Motivation is key. We have to find an impactful way to motivate ourselves. Knowing something is good for us is not enough to do it. We have to dig deeper and find out what’s driving our goals.
An easy way to do this is called reframing. I first saw this concept applied to New Year’s resolutions on Kaitlyn Black’s Instagram. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, she was Annabeth on Hart of Dixie. If you’re looking for something new to watch, Hart of Dixie is a sweet and charming southern rom-com. You can find it on Prime video. I highly recommend it!
Okay, back to reframing. This takes your resolution and digs into the why. Ask yourself, why do I want to do xyz?
Let’s practice with the resolution of Exercise More. Why do I want to exercise more? It may be to get in shape. Why do I want to get in shape? So my clothes fit better. Why do I want my clothes to fit better? So I have a more positive view of my body. Ah, now we’ve gotten to the heart of the matter. We can reframe our resolution from Exercise More to Create a More Positive View of My Body. Which goal are you more likely to keep? I’d say the latter, hands down.
It may take several rounds of asking why to get to the root cause. It’s totally worth it, though. You’ll end up with a resolution that you’re much more likely to keep.
What are your 2021 resolutions? How can you use this reframing technique so you’re more likely to keep them?
Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s good to be back with you all! Have a great day, lovelies!