Start something new
As the new year begins, we encounter a handful of different emotions:
Admittedly, many of us are wearied by the thought of another year of the same-old same-old.
Maybe it’ll be the way to put the spring back in your step.
Here are three quick tips for starting something new this year:
1. Make sure the thing that’s new is good for you or makes the world a better place. Don’t delude yourself into embracing destructive behaviors just because they’re new.
- Use something that comes naturally to you, something that’s easy, to help build the momentum for something that’s harder (think running to the movie theater or library or video store)
- Use your fears of what could go wrong to help you problem-solve before the challenges hit. (Think new shoes, training, powerful alarms, safety devices, etc. to help you anticipate the obstacles to a daily run)
- Use your natural enthusiasm for something to get yourself out of bed in the morning (think running for the joy of listening to good music, enjoying good scenery, etc.)
- Use your love of the company of others to do something difficult (think running with friends).
- Reward your new behavior with things that help you stay motivated. In her 2012 Business Insider interview, Laura Vaderkam offered great suggestions for creating a reward system for yourself to create new habits.