Instead of creating a list of new resolutions this year, I am creating new habits.
Whenever I set goals or make resolutions, they rarely last. But when I develop a habit, that leads to long-term results.
Several years ago, I created a few simple health and fitness habits. I started eating a nutritious breakfast. I started exercising three or four times a week. I banned most junk food from our house, and began buying healthier foods. I started eating from smaller plates. Now I am at a healthy weight, have physical endurance and strength, and eat better than I have in my entire life. That’s what results when I change a few habits.
This year, I am creating 12 new habits. Every month, I will practice one new habit. By doing this, I hope to make some lasting changes. Each habit is something that fits with my personal mission statement, and fits with the values that I want to develop in my life. Many of them fall into the categories of spiritual health, physical health, and simplicity. Each habit is also something that I can do daily.
Here are my 2012 Habits:
- Wake up at 6:30am, and start the day with prayer, silence & solitude.
- Eat only real food.
- Start the day by creating a list of “Three Important Tasks.” Complete the tasks.
- End the day with the Daily Examen (a prayer created by St. Ignatius Loyola).
- Exercise every day.
- Manage email one time a day, for no more than 30 minutes.
- Pray for another person every day.
- Eat fruit, vegetables and nuts for snacks.
- Write for 15 minutes every day.
- Connect with one person every day, either by phone or in person.
- Practice Lectio Divina prayer every day.
- De-clutter and simplify one area (closet, shelf, drawer) per day.
By posting this list of habits, I am making my commitment a public one. I will give some updates on my progress here at The Larissa Monologues. Also, I invite you to ask me more about these habits, or create your own. I would love to have friends who want to join me in creating new habits this year!