5 for 5 – Making your new changes stick – finding your tribe

12 Jan

2015 resolutions

Good morning everyone.

How are you doing with the changes you are trying to implement this year? By now, some of you are making some progress, but some are struggling to keep up the momentum of making the changes you really want.

This post and more in this month will be dedicated to sharing ideas with you that hopefully you can apply to developing habits that stick. Whether you call it change or keeping a resolution, the point is that you want to make a difference in your own life or career, and I hope in sharing that you can find a trick, tip, or technique that can help you along the way.

Aside from the articles I’m sharing each week, I will be sharing a few ideas from books that I read during the holiday break. This week’s thoughts are from “Tribes” by Seth Godin. The key idea in the book is that when we find people that believe what we believe we can create amazing movements and change. A great example of this is Cross Fit. A group of relative strangers come together multiple times per week to push themselves in extreme workouts to achieve levels of strength and fitness that could not be achieved alone. However, many people look at Cross Fit as a bunch of health nuts more likely to hurt themselves than help…but the key as Godin explains in his book, Cross Fit isn’t meant for those people, the naysayers.

Sometimes even those close to us, may not fully embrace the change you are trying to make. If you are trying to start a reading habit, eat organic food, or take up an old hobby to stoke your creativity, a great way to ensure you make that change is to find your tribe. Here are some key ideas directly from the book:

A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, connected to an idea.

Whatever the status quo is, changing it gives you the opportunity to be remarkable.

A movement is thrilling. It’s the work of many people, all connected, all seeking something better.

If you are trying to make a change, implement a resolution…find people who are making the same change as you are…find your tribe. Tribes believe in you. I believe in you. The change you want to make in this new year is important. You can do it!

Here’s this week’s 5 for 5:

4 Strategies To Change Your Habits That Actually Work – by Gretchen Rubin – via Fast Company


SO WHAT: From the same author as the last Friday Unwind (http://www.5for5blog.com/friday-unwind-gretchen-rubin-habits-and-the-strategy-of-first-steps/) , here are four ideas to help make your new year’s resolutions into habits.

Tags: Resolutions, Change


Why You Don’t Keep Your Resolutions…And How to Fix That – by Lisa Evans – via Entrepreneur


SO WHAT: “Prepare for the change” is critical. Not planning for dealing with the change is a good reason many fail? What will you do when the alarm goes off early tomorrow morning? Have you thought about how to overcome that urge to hit snooze?

Tags: Resolutions, Change


5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits That Stick – by Gregory Ciotti – via 99u


SO WHAT: One of my favorites here is eliminating excessive options. There is plenty of research that decision fatigue has a major impact on our cognitive resources. One thing to try is planning your week’s clothes out in advance. Or pre planning your meals……take the small decisions out.

Tags: Resolutions, Change


Why 90-Day Goals Are Better Than Year-Long Ones – by Laura Vanderkam – via Fast Company


SO WHAT: An interesting a different take than the other articles….stop making your goals a yearlong project. Start at 90 days. Taking reading books. May be in the first 90 days you challenge yourself to read one book. But then you find you not only enjoyed the book but read it much faster than you thought. Perhaps in the next 90 days you stretch to 2 books and so on.

Tags: Resolutions, Change


A Fun Way to Shape the New Year: Pick a One-Word Theme – By Gretchen Rubin – via Medium


SO WHAT: Another interesting idea…..choose a theme for your new changes.

Tags: Resolutions, Change


All the best, kevin