We have full control over the 24 hours in each day, but aren’t always the best drivers. Every New Year’s Eve, millions of people evaluate their day-to-day looking for the simple shift that will change everything. This ritual is timeless but also famous for being ineffective. Studies show that 80% of resolutions fail by the start of February. Don’t make a resolution, make a choice. Choose to live a better life and make it a habit.
At any given time, we’re surrounded by millions of stimuli. The colors of cars whipping by, the family of five across the street and the endless amount of entertainment at our fingertips. Identify what you really want by taking time to unplug. Leave your phone behind and reflect during your daily walk or share the silence with a friend. Look up instead of down and notice where your mind wanders with nothing in the way. We’ve been trained to expect instant gratification, measurable results. It’s one reason why 5G is sweeping the nation but also an explanation for our declining attention span. Set goals, record your progress, and stay focused on the big picture. Maybe your accomplishment is as simple as reading a chapter each night or saying “no” to take out. Whatever it is, write it down. Check marks, big & small, pave the way to staying on track.