What I personally find funny about New Year’s resolutions is not that only 8% of those who make resolutions succeed. What I find amusing is that for the majority of us, we make the same exact resolution(s) every year. So for 2014, rather than attempting the same behavioral change yet again, why not change your strategy and adopt a mantra instead? For example, rather than choosing to lose those stubborn 10 to 20 pounds, when you enter your kitchen, a restaurant or your workplace cafeteria, say to yourself, “ I trust myself to make healthy choices.” If you’re like me with many trips to the kitchen, that’s many mantras being ingested.
Along those lines, many of us vow to exercise more. If that’s one of your goals, every time you even think about going to the gym, your mantra could be, “I live a long, healthy life.”
Maybe each year you set the grand goal of reducing your work-related stress. This can seem especially daunting when you return to your desk after a quick bathroom break to be greeted by your anxious-looking boss standing over your desk, and 73 new emails in your inbox. Rather than go into stress mode, take a deep breath and think, “I keep calm and carry on.” In fact, breathe and recite this mantra every time you sit down in front of your computer.
Rather than set yourself up to be among the 92% who fail to follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions, let a mantra move you closer to making the change you desire this year.