2 Tips to Achieve Your Rosh Hashana New Year’s Resolutions (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

2 Tips to Achieve Your Rosh Hashana New Year’s Resolutions (2-Minute Mommy Peptalk)

Here’s 2 easy ways (which have worked for me) to make sure you’ll keep your Rosh Hashana resolutions this year.

We just entered a new Jewish year, and each one of us hopes to change this year–to be better people with better lives. But I have some scary news. Statistically, only 8% of people will keep their New Years resolutions.

So how do you make sure that you will be in that happy 8%?

Here’s 2 ideas that have worked for me.

Suggestion #1–When setting up your goals, think small, microscopic even. Aim for 1% changes in the way you live your life. Want to spend more quality time with a certain child? Aim for 2 minutes a day. Want to be less distracted when you pray? Aim for 1 blessing a day said with focus. Want to eat healthier? Aim to eat one more vegetable a day.

But If we make such teensy changes, how will it make any difference at all?

I’ve seen repeatedly in my life how these seemingly insignificant 1% changes can lead to major changes in the quality of my life–in my health, in my mothering and marriage, in my emotional wellbeing and in my spiritual connection.

Try it out.

Suggestion #2–Review your goals for the year every day. Here’s what I do: every single morning I read over a few of my goals for the year, so I end up reviewing all of them at least once a week. If you pray every morning, you can keep your page of goals in your siddur to read after davening. That’s what I do.

And every morning, I plan my day so that I will be working towards at least 3 of my goals for the year. This might sound overwhelming, but it’s not. These are 1% microscopic goals.

Again, to review, keep your goals microscopic and review them every day.

And when next Rosh Hashana rolls around, I hope you will be able back on yourself today and your various struggles, and think “Was that really me?!”

I want bless all of you with a גמר חתימה טובה
A very sweet year!

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