Outrageous New Years Resolutions Don’t Work
How many times have you or someone you know lost the same five or ten pounds? Five, six, or even ten times, perhaps? What about joining a gym…how many times have you joined one and never really got into a consistent routine of going?
What about learning a new language? How many times have you vowed that this was the year it would happen?
If this sounds familiar to you, listen up. Don’t feel bad, because you’re not alone.
In fact according to a study by The University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 39% of people in their twenties achieve their resolution goals each year.
And the number keeps decreasing with age. By the time you’re in your fifties only 14% of people achieve their resolution goals each year.
So why is this important?
Well there are a few reasons:
We take on to much responsibility at one time with unrealistic expectations. Essentially we go from doing nothing to saying we will do everything. We make commitments based on other people’s expectations and omit ours.
We worry too much about what other people are going to think instead of asking ourselves, what will make “me” happy?
We don’t have the right mindset. We have not made that internal shift.
So how do you make 2016 different?
First, throw away the New Year’s resolutions and think about what you should be doing all year long. Real goals do not start on New Year’s. Real goals should be with you every day.
You need to identify your internal NEEDS. Not what others expect you to do, but what exactly is going to make you happy.
To do this, start with a vision board. Taking the time to actually cut out pictures of what you want your life to look like takes effort. And by looking at it each day, you will keep your momentum going.
Next, ask yourself, Why?
That’s right; everything worth doing is first worth defending. In fact, my mentor use to tell me a life worth living is a life worth recording.
So if you have a picture of yourself in a bikini…ask yourself, is it because you want to be skinnier for your girlfriends. Or is it because you want to be healthy for your children?
The correct answer will determine your success.
Finally, keep a journal. Write down every success and every failure. Look for patterns because we all have them. It is only when you recognize what you are doing wrong that you’re able to change your actions.
It’s simple and anybody can do it.
Start small and make a commitment to your actions. Do not make excuses when you fail. Simply acknowledge it, write it down, determine why it happened and move on.
Once you see small victories, the large ones will follow. Give this a try instead of making dozens of grandiose resolutions.
Write to me, and let me know how you’re doing.
I want to hear from you because I believe in you!
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