The Only New Year’s Resolution You Need

forgetting new year resolutions - concept on blackboardI have fallen in love…with my Fitbit. (For those unfamiliar, Fitbit is a souped up pedometer providing real time feedback.)

Prior to donning this nifty device, I considered myself very active.  But with the Fibit monitoring my every move, I have learned this is not the case – an assessment based on the “10,000 steps a day” health metric. On days that I work from home I am at a mere 500 steps by mid-afternoon, which plops me squarely in the sedentary category. Exercise – even a walk around the block – quickly changes that, but until the Fitbit arrived I had no clue how bad things were.

Motivated to get to 10,000 steps, I monitor my progress throughout the day and make choices accordingly.  I park the car a little further away at the grocery store.  I offer to retrieve objects needed from different rooms of the house.  And, I am consistently making time for exercise. Admittedly, I am amazed that this little piece of plastic around my wrist has so dramatically altered my behavior.

As someone who helps her clients create meaningful, lasting change, I had to ask myself, why has the Fitbit worked so well at changing my behavior?

The answer: it increases my awareness.

Confronted with information, I am challenged to make a choice: move more or don’t. Get to my goal or don’t. The feedback calls me to attention and asks, do you want a different outcome?  If yes, I have to find the motivation to change what I am doing so I can get the results I want.

New Year’s resolutions are commitments to change.  If you are looking to create a meaningful change this coming year, consider finding a way to consistently increase your awareness about what needs changing.  Whether you choose something high-tech like a Fitbit or high-touch like a coach, ongoing feedback will give you the information necessary to make decisions that will impact the outcome you seek.

The only resolution you need is increased awareness. The rest will follow.

 

Comments
  • Cindy

    I have asked for one for Christmas. Awareness certainly helps to increase motivation. I agree, if used, the rest will follow!