It’s “Resolution Season.” Every January people all over the world put down cigarettes, pick up books, cut sugar, hit the gym, go to church—the list of resolutions go on. After months of indulging in holiday celebrations, the promise of a new year spurs a sense of possibility in all of us. Real change seems attainable, and it’s easier to take that first step towards a better life.
But we all know that making a resolution and sticking to a resolution are two separate things. It’s possible that some have already blown their plan to make a big change. If that’s you, don’t feel bad. The fact is, 25% of us are back to our old junky habits within the first week. But why is that? Our intentions are good, and many times what we label “resolutions” are actually habits we desperately need kick (quitting smoking, drinking, exercising more, ect.).
As it turns out, the trigger to significant lifestyle change may not be found in our willingness to change, so much as in the environment we try to begin our transformation in. Studies have shown that our daily habits are strongly associated with environmental cues. Put another way, where we choose to physically spend our time can alter our decision-making.
“So, what are you saying? Quit my job and move to Europe just so I can lose ten pounds?” No! But taking steps to remodel or reface your kitchen or bathroom can dramatically affect how your approach your day—every day. If you’re serious about changing your habits, putting a new face on your environment can boost your confidence and break down the environmental cues that are blocking your efforts!
If this sounds like a stretch, consider this from a different angle. Over the course of a natural life, human beings spend…
2.5 years cooking
1.1 years cleaning
1.5 years in the bathroom
92 days on the toilet (the truth stinks sometimes!)
You spend 90% of your time indoors
When added up, it becomes easier to see how a cluttered, outdated, moldy kitchen or bathroom can start to ware us down—these are the rooms we begin and end every day in!
Change your environment, change your life!