Hi there and happy new year!
Whether you are team New Year Resolution or not, there is no doubt that thoughts of goals are in the air. Whether it be more movement, less sugar, less clutter, deeper breathe, less spending – each of us have set some goals for ourselves whether intentional or not.
So the question is not what your resolution is this year, but rather what habits do you wish to create in order to achieve that goal. And even more importantly, what are the barriers that get in the way of habits that would help achieve that goal?.
As an example –
Most of the people I speak with it is getting a healthy meal on the table each night for dinner. All of my clients understand that cooking a meal at home and eating more vegetables would lead to healthier lives. The majority of my clients want to eat more vegetables and sit down to a meal at home. So if they know it’s better and they want to do it, what’s getting in the way of it happening? It’s likely the habits and current priorities that are completely subconscious! We all have them. Maybe it’s the habit of working until 7, sitting in traffic until 8, and being too exhausted to cook. Or it could be that you are running around picking up carpools and dropping kids off at practices during dinner time. Have you created a habit of meeting up with friends after work and enjoying appetizers? These can disrupt our schedule occasionally, but when they become habit, they can be the barrier to cooking and enjoying dinner at home. How do we end this cycle?
The key is to create another habit that overrides the barriers.
Chop all your veggies on Sunday for quick prep during the week. Make extra servings of a meal so that you can enjoy it as easy leftovers. Pack a dinner if you know you’re going to be working extra late or driving around. Eat a healthy snack before happy hour so that you aren’t hungry for the appetizers and can wait to enjoy dinner at home.
Set yourself up with success with little daily habits that will lead to your goal.
Here are a few resources and tools that may help with habit building.
- Sign up for Executive Dining’s weekly email by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Utilize online resources such as meal prep sheets and habit trackers
- Seek assistance. Schedule to meet with me – Trish – at email@example.com