2017 A new habit or a New Years resolution?

I don't know about you, but my New Years resolutions, even with the best of intentions, last if I am lucky until the end of January!

Apparently, I run with 76% of Canadians who eventually give up on their resolutions.  And 69% of Canadians don't even make resolutions! And yet, I cannot help reflect on the year, and what was great and what needs improving.  So this year I am going to try something different, with the intention of success! 

This year I am going to create a new HABIT, instead of a doomed resolution.

In order for your resolutions to stick, you need to change your behaviour. In order to change your behaviour, you need to rewire your brain.

Neuroscientists have discovered that habitual behaviour is created from thinking patterns that create neural pathways.  These become the default for your behaviour when faced with a decision.

For example, you probably don’t have to put much thought into whether or not to brush your teeth at night. If you’re about to go to bed, the neural pathways in your brain don’t require you to make a decision – you just brush your teeth.

These same studies have shown that making a change in your behaviour by simply “trying harder” can have the opposite effect. Real change requires new neural pathways, which are created once you adapt a new habit.

So how do we create a new habit. Ask yourself, “What habit will have the greatest impact on my life?”  Just one habit....

Three New Year's Eves', I have resolved to add consistent exercise in to my day(sure).  This year, I say it to all who are reading - I WILL create this new HABIT, so it's as essential as brushing my teeth!

We have but one life, what one HABIT are you going to implement to make your life better?

Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2017!  Lorie