Last Updated on June 29, 2022 by Rebecca Huff
Can you believe that some statistics say that “New Years Resolutions” are ditched less than three weeks into the new year? Wow. I do think though resolutions, in general, are outdated. I mean, what IS a resolution? It’s merely the decision to do or not to do a particular thing. You just resolve to do or not to do. Seems simple enough.
The big problem with new years goals and resolutions is the fact that most people set them based on what they think they SHOULD be doing (make a mental note here of that word should) and not necessarily what they WANT to be doing. Okay? Let that sink in.
Want is your motivation. Should is your downfall. So, maybe work on eliminating that word “should” from your vocabulary! Why do we think we SHOULD get a beach body? Well, because everywhere we look advertisers are telling us that should be our goal for summer! Hello? The word “should” actually undermines our ability to DO what is important to us. “Should” steals our follow through.
Past-tense should’s are even worse. “I should have eaten better yesterday,” ugh what a guilt trip you’re giving yourself. Try using the words “could” or “would like to” instead: “I could have eaten better yesterday.” See how much better that sounds!
Don’t think I have this figured out guys, I’m still working on it, but I’m just giving you a healthy bite to think on. So swap your shoulds for coulds and woulds.
goals vs. resolutions…
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