January is the month of change.
It is the start of a new year and many people, myself included, start by making resolutions. More often than not those resolutions don't last. I know this from personal experience! I have made many of the same resolutions for years and though I start out strong, my resolve seems to fade away distressingly soon.
I have often wondered why this is. In my search for an answer and perhaps some guidance on how to remedy this situation, I have read a number book about human behavior. While these books are interesting and do provide insight into why we do what we do, they do not really give much guidance into how to change what we do.
This brings me to the whole point of this post. I have found a book, which I want to tell you about, that does give guidance on how to make lasting changes in you life. The book is Small Move, Big Change: Using Mircoresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold.
In her book, Ms. Arnold makes the point that most of our resolutions are framed in terms of being something different: be organized, be on time, be thin, be whatever. Or they are vague: lose 10 pounds by summer, get out of debt, get more exercise etc. Her main insight I think is not to make resolutions to be something else, but to make resolutions to do something different. She calls these actions Microresolutions because the focus is on doing small, specific changes to your behavior which will ultimately result in permanent change. She gives a complete set of guidelines with many examples, some from her own life. She is not a self help guru, but a woman with a successful career and a family.
I highly recommend this book if you, like me, are looking for a way to make lasting changes in your life.
Have a fun day!