Happy New Year! It’s usually the time when we write down our resolutions to start off the new year on the right path. Some of us may want to exercise more or eat healthier or be more mindful. However, if you want to keep these resolutions instead of abandoning them a few weeks later, you may want to ask yourself these three questions –
These questions may be simple and easy for you to answer – it’s either a resounding YES or an emphatic NO! Yet some of you may find yourself in the middle, feeling hesitant about making a lifestyle change.
Are you Ready?
When you go on a journey of self-change, what you would typically experience is a staged process. It’s a process that determines your readiness for change. It goes from not at all interested in making a change to already maintaining the change you started six months ago. The ‘science-y’ term for it is the Transtheoretical Model of Change. I experienced these stages – from precontemplation to maintenance – after making lifestyle changes to lessen my risk for Type 2 diabetes. You can read the details about the TTM stages in this previous post, Stages of Behavior Change towards Wellness, if you feel inclined to learn more about it.
Are you Willing?
Your willingness to put the effort towards achieving your goals depends on its level of importance. Is it the most important thing in your life at the moment? One way to determine is to have a visual representation with a scoring ruler and place the importance on a rating scale. Where did you place your goals? Why did you rate it a 7 instead of a 6? If it’s only as important as the other things you’d like to achieve, then you might find it hard to continue to do it when problems arise.
Are you Able?
Confidence plays a big role in your ability to accomplish your goals. When your confidence beams, it’s likely that you will be successful. But how do you increase your confidence? Look back to your past achievements and identify your innate strengths. We all have them. It’s what comes naturally to you and energizes you to move forward. I’ve taken a couple of surveys to determine my strengths – a free online survey you may be familiar with is the VIA Signature Strengths questionnaire where it identifies your top five strengths known as your ‘signature strengths’. If you haven’t taken it yet, go to this LINK and find out what your signature strengths are.
Now that you’ve answered these questions, which of the resolutions you wrote down are you READY, WILLING, and ABLE to do? Share with us in the comments!