Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Yeah, how’s that going? Many people have problems starting fresh and keeping their goals in a new year. Madelaine Claire Weiss tells Bold Life’s Oni Higgins that there is a difference between goal setting and goal commitment. We’re pretty good at the first part, but as for the second? Not so much. No worries, Weiss has four tips to help you follow through on those aspirations because no matter if it doesn’t feel possible, you’ve got this.
Four tips for sticking to New Year’s resolutions
- Check out your environment. “A great life depends on a great fit between who we are and the environments in which we work and live.” If you have a negative environment that doesn’t support your internal needs and aspirations, how can you grow?
- Size your resolutions properly. If your goals are too big, they’re overwhelming and we shut down. If they’re too small, they won’t excite your brain that something new is happening.
- Think through your procrastination. “What would your mind be doing if it wasn’t procrastinating?” Many times, this awareness helps people realize that procrastination keeps them stuck.
- Be ready to tackle the resistance to change. Many times we put our goals in the lower anxious brain. But we need to take those thoughts to the higher brain, which helps us accomplish the goals.
Switching to higher brain
Are you confused about switching over to your higher brain? Weiss’s website has a complementary exercise to help you “put the higher brain in charge.” It’s called “power breathing,” and you can use it anywhere. Get out of that anxious part of yourself, and you will feel much stronger. Maybe this will be the year that you drop those five pounds or floss every day. For more advice, check out the interview!