How are those resolutions going?

According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute only 8% of people who make new year's resolutions, successfully complete them! Only 8%! The stats also show that by the end of January only 64% of those resolutions are still in motion. 

You've probably noticed that immediately after New Year's Eve there  a plethora of "how to's" on keeping to your resolution. All promising to help you make your resolutions realistic and achievable. Let me say this right now, this is not one of those articles.

This article isn't about resolving to make change, you wont feel compelled to join a gym or get organized, nope, this article is about rededicating yourself to something you already do. 

At the beginning of January I received a newsletter from my massage therapist, Lori Colombo. Lori often sends monthly or quarterly emails to her clients filled with body care tips and general nutrition information. In her last newsletter she talked about "rededicating" yourself to something rather than resolving to do something new. 

I loved the idea of rededication so much that I asked her if I could share some her newsletter with you, here's what she wrote: 

I don't believe in New Years resolutions. 

I think it's pretty unrealistic for most people to make a one time decision (or a yearly decision) to suddenly start doing something, like exercising every day, or to suddenly stop doing something they've been doing for years, like having a sweet treat every day.
Some people can do it. Most people can't. Especially if you're busy, exhausted, overwhelmed, etc...

Change requires an ongoing commitment with structures and support in place that will help you create habits.

What I do believe in is 'rededication'.

Instead of making a New Year's resolution, I like to rededicate myself. 
I do it every New Year, every birthday, every season, every month, every Monday, every morning.
Rededication is an ongoing process for me.

Now you may say there's a fine line between rededicating and resolving, and truth be told you're mostly right. However, the beauty in rededicating is that rather than starting from scratch, you're working with habits that you already have. For Lori she is making efforts to drink more water, a habit she already has, but wants to expand. For me it's self care and remembering to use the self care habits I already have more often. 

So now the challenge is being thrown to you - what can you rededicate yourself to? What good habits do you have that you've forgotten about and what ways can you bring life back to those habits? 

This post is in no way sponsored by Lori Colombo, however if you're in the SF Bay Area and in need of a great massage therapist, I would highly recommend her!

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