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Have you ever heard of the term Micro Resolutions? We are now into the second half of the year, and it’s time to stop and think how we are doing on our resolutions or big goals. Are you pumped up and can list off some major accomplishments that you have made on your various goals. Are you still able quote the goal out loud? Did you write your resolutions down in a journal and after a week or two you never looked at them again? No matter where you are on your goals, there is always a time to get started again and make some forward movement. Micro Resolutions might be just the thing that you are looking for to get you back on track.
A micro resolution is: “(n) a commitment to a limited, specific, and measurable change in behavior or attitude that produces an immediate and observable benefit.”
Think about a micro resolution as a small change that is done every day on a consistent basis. This action should take about 5 minutes to do, so it is easy to fit into your schedule each day and become a habit. I use the word “action” for a specific reason here, this should be something that is about DOING something, vs NOT doing something. Many times formal resolutions are about not doing something (e.g. I’m not going to eat chocolate anymore or I’m not going to watch TV at night). So if you are trying to give up chocolate a micro resolution could be “eat 1 sweet treat a day”. This could be a piece of fruit, or candy or whatever would make a good substitute to keep you motivated. This is going to get your body ready for a consistent treat to keep it from feeling deprived and you can choose an option that will be able to shop for and have on hand so it’s easy to keep going throughout the year.
I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years. -Henry Moore
Another benefit of using small steps to make progress is that you can build on additional goals as you feel comfortable putting one in place, so you can work on several goals at once. Let’s say that have the chocolate craving is under control, the next micro resolution you create can be on a totally different type of goal like exercise. Say you commit to taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Great, you can do that in under 5 minutes and you have set a place for that to happen as well, at your workplace. That is a resolution that can work into some great results.
Let’s think of some more big goals that can benefit from micro resolutions
- I am going to eat healthy this year.
- Micro Resolution – Prepare a quick side salad to go with your meals
- I will get more exercise in this year.
- Micro Resolution – Use commercial breaks during your favorite TV show to get up and move around. March in place or do a yoga pose you’ve been practicing.
- I am going to lose 10 pounds by the end of the year.
- Micro Resolution – Commit to weighing yourself each day at the same time. As you get used to seeing your results, you will be motivated to get in the other things to make your desired changes.
- I am not going to let stress rule me this year.
- Micro Resolution – Meditate for 5 minutes each day. Set a place and time and devote it to relaxing each day. There are a lot of apps that can help you with this lifestyle change.
- I will be more positive this year.
- Micro Resolution – Keep a gratitude journal, and write down 3 things ever day that you are grateful for. http://designingforplenty.com/gratitude-exercise-to-improve-your-life/
I hope that you are getting excited to think about a small step that you can take today to start working at a bigger goal that you want to accomplish. Please feel free to drop a line in the comments below to let us know that action you are going to take. I am going to work on making my morning routine a bit easier, each night I am going to choose my clothes to wear that next day and have them set out and ready to go. I’m not a morning person, so this 5 minute investment each night will get me moving faster in the morning. I hope that micro resolutions will work for you!