New Year, New You? NO! A BETTER You!

At the end of every year people look back at their progress for the year and looking ahead for the new person they plan to be when the clock strikes midnight. New Year means a new ME! Right?

nothowthisworksIt NEVER works that way.

We don’t wake up as NEW people. We wake up with a desire to be a BETTER person. If that’s true why do so many people proclaim to be a new person for a new year?

It’s easy to claim what is impossible. No one is going to hold you accountable if you didn’t transform into this new person. What’s the criteria for determining if you’ve transformed into the NEW YOU? Trying to morph into a brand new person in just 12 months is a pretty big feat and setting criteria to determine if you’ve gotten there is even more overwhelming.
What to do?
Start small. In this case size isn’t everything and starting small is the best way to lead toward long-term sustained change. Pick 3 to 5 things you’d like to do better or stop doing at all in the new year. Making that list is just the beginning because you’ll also need a plan to make the change. You can’t win if you ┬áhaven’t planned to!
For example, what if you want to cook breakfast more often at home instead of buying it out. Start out with a plan to cook breakfast at least 3 days a week. Over time increase the frequency and before you know it you’re fixing your own breakfast 5 out of the 7 days a week. This doesn’t mean it will be easy but it IS possible.
So here’s to a Happy New Year and to the start of a piece of a new you.