What About a New Year’s Habit, Not a New Year’s Resolution

Thinking about a News Year’s resolution?

Research shows that by February as many as 80% of New Year’s resolutions will have gone by the wayside. So, what’s a better idea? Check this out! ⬇

Here’s a fresh idea for making 2023 great: initiate a new habit that supports a long term goal.

A few years ago, after finishing James Clear’s book “Atomic Habits,” I shifted my thinking from “what’s my New Year’s resolution” to “what’s my New Year’s habit?”

Creating habits that benefit our personal lives, our businesses, our communities, and the world around us is a worthy endeavor. Yes❓

One of my personal goals is to prevent (as much as I can!) dementia.

Over the last few years, I’ve intentionally created daily habits that reduce my risk of dementia:
▶ I walk at least 3,800 steps every day.
▶ I play a brain stimulating game every day.
▶ I play 2 (or more!) word puzzle games every day.
▶ I do as many 1000-piece puzzles as I can every year.

This year, I will add a new game to my routine: Mah Jongg. Research shows that card games (along with walking 3,800+ steps daily, brain stimulating games, word games, and puzzles) reduce one’s risk for dementia.

These habits might seem like overkill, right? But I’ve found that I really enjoy my daily dog walk, brain games, word games, and puzzles.

I’m having fun and these activities might be preventing a feared health risk.

It’s a win-win.

2023 : create a habit that addresses a goal you’d like to achieve. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few examples of common goals and habits that might get your wheels turning.

Common Goal ➡ New Habit

1. Be healthier ➡exercise daily (any kind of exercise counts!!)
2. Be happier ➡ record 3 things you are grateful for daily.
3. Save money ➡automate your savings.

Happy New Year! And good luck!! I hope you have a fantastic 2023!

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