By the second week of February, millions of yoga mats will be gathering dust in closets and self-help books will be doorstops – a testament to the annual failure of 80% of New Year’s resolutions. Psychologists explain that resolutions are hard to keep because people bite off more than they can chew, selecting grandiose goals that are obligations rather than fun. In the rush of day-to-day life, the “should dos” often go by the wayside. What is the answer?
Instead of daunting New Year’s resolutions that are often abandoned by Ground Hog’s Day, find do-it-now things that can immediately improve your life and mood. Here are five suggestions for rewarding and sustainable resolutions.
Do Sweat the Little Things.
For thousands of years, people have gone into ceremonial huts and lodges to cleanse the body and spirit. Nowadays, you can get your sweat on without going to a mountaintop or distant locale. Shape House, provides an “urban sweat lodge” at five locations in Southern California. The spa-like settings honor the traditions around sweating while incorporating modern technology, like infrared sweat technology to produce a deep, penetrating heat.
As Sophie Chiche, the entrepreneurial founder of Shape House, explained “When you have 15 things to do, one of them should be to take care of you. If you don’t, then those 15 things aren’t going to be very well done, and you’re not going to be very inspired or creative. Don’t put yourself last on the list.”
Put Me In Coach.
Most successful entrepreneurs have mentors that help them develop skills and knowledge over the long term. While mentoring can help you create your game plan, coaching can help you execute it. Everbliss, provides one-on-one video sessions with coaches, who can delve into issues like work-life balance and expressing yourself better.
Lend Me Your Ears.
Use podcasts and audio books on your drive to work to gain new ideas and raise your game. For example, Mixergy interviews mentors about how to learn from failure or how a founder funded his startup with money he won playing online poker. You might start wishing your commute was longer.
When you get to the office, consider a daily meditation app like Smiling Mind that teaches you to be in the moment. Among its fans is entrepreneur Richard Branson, who put the meditation techniques on Virgin Atlantic flights. “Meditation isn’t just useful for nervous flyers – it is for everyone,” he said. “I am a huge believer in the benefits of looking after your mind as well as your body.”
Get In Touch With Your Feelings.
Entrepreneurs often come off as confident and take-charge personalities, but they also suffer from high rates of depression and anxiety. In one survey, 30% of entrepreneurs reported having depression and 27% anxiety problems.
“It’s easy to get frustrated when we feel like something isn’t happening fast enough, but often the most important thing you can do is just keep going,” said Ruth Soukup, a best-selling author and entrepreneur who has written about her battle with depression. “Small steps will eventually add up to big results, as long as you keep walking in the right direction.”
Apps like What’s Up and Mood Kit can immediately identify negative thoughts and provide suggestions on how to lift your spirits. Mood Kit, which was developed by a pair of psychologists, allows you to track and enter your moods into a daily journal, which suggesting activities that can enhance a sense of well-being and reduce negative feelings.
Get Some Shut Eye.
The average entrepreneur sleeps six hours, and founders who are going through the early stages of a startup can work round the clock. As your to-do list grows, your productivity and happiness can depend on not only the amount of your shuteye but the quality of your sleep.
Pzizz, an app long favored by entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and professional athletes, uses voice cues and soothing sounds to help you relax and fall asleep. Sleep Cycle , an intelligent alarm clock, monitors your sleep and wakes you up softly at the optimal time. Better than a snooze button.
In order to take care of business, you need to first take of yourself. Start 2019 off on the right foot by identifying where you need improvement and assistance, and then take small steps to make steady progress that will keep you going through next December and beyond.