The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Make New Year Resolutions Easy and Doable

January 1, 2013

One reason we rarely follow through on New Year resolutions is that we make them too big. Wanting to exercise five days per week, lose 30 pounds, or learn a second language are all worthy destinations, but focusing on a destination reminds us of all the steps we must take to get there. This sparks our anxiety, resistance, overwhelm, or all three. 

Sometimes life requires us to take a leap, as when we must grab an opportunity or lose it, but few people take leaps unless necessity gives them a shove. Without the specter of necessity crowding us like one of Scrooge’s ghosts, it's time to take matters into our own slight-of-hand.

We can fool our anxiety, resistance, and overwhelm into thinking that nothing is going on by making our resolutions tiny, or micro-sized. If they are tiny enough, they will not create noticeable waves. Success with one micro-resolution can lead to the setting and accomplishment of another, eventually getting us where we hope to go. 

Micro Resolution Guidelines 

1. Whenever possible, make your micro-resolution a game, or turn it into play.

2. If your micro-resolution makes you feel tired, overwhelmed, anxious, or annoyed, it is too big. Think about effortless, or nearly effortless, action.

3. Make each micro-resolution a convenient part of your daily routine. Do not resolve to make your bed everyday after you have come downstairs and eaten breakfast. Do it before you first come downstairs.

4. If you notice your micro-resolution has become routine, or a habit, you are ready to set a new one.

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