Habits are those things you do repeatedly over time. They can support your goals and dreams, or they can hinder you from living your best life. I know, I know. Developing small habits that add up big over time isn’t the sexiest thing on this earth. But let me ask you this: are you ready to ditch the hamster wheel of New Year’s Resolution shame??

You’re familiar with the scenario, I’m sure: you come out swinging on January 1 with those drastic resolutions with no plan for creating real change only to feel defeated, sad, and ashamed by mid-February – or sooner. If your answer is yes, then give this process a try. I’m confident you’ll thank me by this time next year. First, spend a few minutes thinking about these four areas of your life and identify habits that support you or habits that you would like to change in each:

● Personal: Relationship to Self (these are the things that help you grow as a person, independent of your relationships with others)
● Personal: Relationship with Others
● Professional: Self-Development (this is how you want to grow as an employee, entrepreneur, volunteer, etc. to fulfill your role better)
● Professional: Career/Mission Development (this could be your passion project or paid work)

Some habits may overlap categories; don’t overthink it – just jot down the main habits that either support you or thwart you in each area! Review your list and identify any themes that might be present to help identify your goals for 2023. Write those goals down (Did you know you’re 42% more likely to reach goals you’ve written down, according to Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, who did a study on goal setting with 267 participants.)

Make small changes now for a big WOW later! Identify one habit in each area to add to your daily routine. In this case, smaller is better, because you’re much more likely to stick to small changes rather than radical ones (and we all have the unused exercise equipment gathering dust to prove it). Progress over perfection is the name of the game. Use the Atomic Habits(James Clear, author) strategy of habit-stacking – adding new habits to those that already exist – to incorporate new habits into your regimen. Curate your habits through regular reflection. What’s working? What needs to be adjusted?

Remember, habits are the baby steps to our goals, and goals are the bigger steps to our dreams. So ditch the hamster wheel and those ridiculous resolutions and create small changes over time that get you where you really wanna be: living a life you love to live. I’m rooting for you!

To dig in deeper on your 2023 vision, join Yay Dude CEO Malena Putnam and I for our Mastermind class. Learn more here. 

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