I’m having a little difficulty getting started this New Year – perhaps it was the house filled with guests over Christmas or perhaps it is my resistance to setting resolutions for the New Year that have “shoulds” in them. I’m much more interested in asking myself three questions.
1. What do I want to stop doing?
2. What do I want to do less of?
3. What do I want to do more of?
Those seem like a saner way to live the next year than making resolutions that I’ll forget in the next couple of weeks and feel defeated.
A year seems overwhelming – 365 days to accomplish a goal. It is easy to lose sight of what you want to accomplish.
My solution is the 30 day resolution. What do you want to do in the next 30 days? Change comes in small bite size pieces to get you to your goal.
Thirty days give you an opportunity to try it out. See if that resolution works for you. So start exercising for half an hour for 30 days, or talk to someone new every day or keep your desk organized for only 30 days.
It takes 21 days to create a habit or break a habit, so with 30 days, you’ve had success and results. One person I know decided that she would drink eight glasses of water a day. Although she found it difficult at first she now has the habit of drinking more water – she doesn’t necessarily drink eight every day, but certainly she drinks more than she did before her 30 day trial.
The 30 day challenge is easy to mark off the days. Another person I know decided to give up wine for 30 days. He found that he was doing a count down – only 3 more days to go before he could have wine. That glass at the end of the 30 days tasted delicious! He enjoyed it like no other glass he’d tasted.
The 30 day trial gives you:
1. The time to establish a new habit
2. An opportunity to break an addiction
3. Success to draw on
4. Definite results of your efforts for the past 30 days.
What do you want to do for your trial 30 days?