We’re a few weeks into the new year, and like most people, you probably made some resolutions for 2021. Maybe you decided to fit in more movement, rest, or meditation. Perhaps you want to maximize your family time when you’re at home. Or maybe you’re tackling a challenge like quitting smoking or losing weight. Unfortunately, according to polls, 80% of New Year’s resolutions get abandoned by the second week in February. In this blog, we’ll give our drivers some tips to keep focused so you can make those positive changes last.
Identify Opportunities to Make Small Changes
Goals are exciting. When you picture yourself succeeding, it’s easy to get hyped up. However, if your behaviors pull you off course, it’s easy to get discouraged. But life happens, and it’s easy to steer off course. For example, a driver who spends many hours on the road may find it difficult to change the routine to fit daily exercise. As day after day goes by not exercising, you may feel tempted to abandon your goal altogether.
Instead, find ways to fit small actions into your regular routine that move you closer to your goal. If you want to get more exercise, then take a 15-minute walk during each of your breaks. On days when you’re not on the road, plan to spend an hour at the gym. Over time, those little actions will add up to big results.
Talk About the You that You Want to Be
Change can be tough, especially when you have spent some time acting in a way you now want to change. How you talk to yourself, about yourself, is essential. James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says, “The key to building lasting habits is focusing on creating a new identity first.”
Let’s say you want to quit smoking. Next time you’re at a stop and someone offers you a smoke, instead of saying, “I’m trying to quit,” try saying, “No thank you, I don’t smoke.” In the first phrase, even though you’re refusing a cigarette, you are still identifying yourself as a smoker. In the second phrase, you’re reflecting your chosen identity. You are expressing yourself as the person you want to become, and in doing so, you can give yourself better resolve to stick with your new year’s resolution.
Make Your Resolutions Realistic
While setting a lofty goal is admirable, often, reaching too high, too fast can set you up for failure. You may want to run a marathon, but if you haven’t jogged in years, you’ll probably be better off setting a goal for a 5K.
The nice thing about goals is that you can have more than one. If you want to become a runner, you can set many goals, and all of them count toward your lofty objective:
- Lofty objective: I want to run a road race
- Time-based goals: I want to be able to run at least a mile by the end of February
- Daily goals: I will go for a run before dinner
Use the Buddy System
Having an accountability partner is a tried, tested, and proven way to help people keep their resolutions. Technology is great for people like truckers, who are always on the go, to stay in contact with their resolution buddies.
Whether you partner with a friend, join an online group on social media, or work with a counselor, life coach, or another professional, your phone, computer, or tablet is your lifeline for resolution resolve. Agree to send daily or weekly check-ins to give progress, and rely on your resolution buddy when you’re struggling.
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