I am not a big fan of resolutions as they tend to be large, lofty, and less specific goals for the coming year. Like losing 20 pounds, or being healthier, or improving fitness levels – these are all admirable goals, but they provide no guidance on how to get to that trim, healthier, fitter person. I recommend instead, a focus on little habits to make behavior change more manageable. One of the most useful tools that I offer my clients is support with forming and committing to little habits.
Brushing your teeth, for example, is a little habit that we start out with in our baby years. When I ask a client if she brushes her teeth twice a day and does it seem like a lot of work, the answer is yes to the brushing and no to the perception of hard work. This little habit is created with the support of a parent or other adult guardian and then continued independently twice a day every day (most of the time) with ease for most people.