We’re a little over a week into 2018 and while personally, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, I know many of you are and we’re to the point where many people are starting to cool off on the ideas they created. Believe it or not, I’ll turn to a stand-up comedian for a bit of advice on how to stay with your resolution.
Jerry Seinfeld did an interview a while back and was asked how he managed to continue to create so much material in the era when he was doing live special after live special. His answer was simple and stuck with me to this day. He bought a full-year calendar and every day that he achieved his goal of sitting down and working on material, he would mark a red X through the day’s box. Eventually, he would build a streak of red X’s long enough that he wouldn’t want to break the run. Day after day would go by and eventually, another live special was created.
Now I’m not saying you need to sit down for an hour every day to work on healthier eating or meditating or stretching or whatever your goal may be (unless your goal is to spend an hour with yourself and no technology or distractions, then maybe it’s a good idea). But create that habit by visual motivation. Whether it’s marking a red X in the calendar, or putting a quarter in a jar every day, or any other way you can visually see your commitment continuing to build and progress towards your goal. Sometimes there’s the benefit to keeping yourself internally motivated by visually progressing.
Either way, find a way to keep grinding through the post-New Year’s cooling off period on those resolutions. You made them for a reason, stick with them.