Traditionally the end of the year brings about a time for renewal and reflection. What worked, what didn’t, where can you improve and how will you set the world on fire next year. Isn’t it exciting to think of all of the things you’d like to accomplish next year? New directions and goals. Woo hoo!
Start fresh and put the past in the past.
Your Resolutions fly off the tongue. You are inspired and motivated for change. It’ll be the best year ever. Right? Does this sound familiar?
Statistic Brain provided this comprehensive list of New Year’s Resolutions statistics via The University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology. These figures are definitely some eye openers.
Why is this saved for the END of the year? You are a work in progress. Constantly evolving, growing, changing; like a chameleon.
Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, consider goals. Daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Alongside the goals, you can establish habits which are long lasting and life changing.
90% of resolutions often fail after two short months. One possible suggestion is because of willpower. You know you have it. You’ve tested it, but how long does your iron fist (if necessary) keep on target with your goals. Willpower can be a tricky mind game.
Willpower, like a bicep, can only exert itself so long before it gives out; it’s an extremely limited mental resource. Jonah Lehrer
Why do resolutions fail?
- Overzealous ideas
- Taking on too much
- Lack of real desire for change
- Minimal effort
- Adopting someone else’s resolutions
- It’s something you think you should do, rather than want to do
- Quitting too early
Sure, there were great intentions and motivation but when it is a once a year review, it makes it more difficult to stick with. An overnight quick fix is not the solution.
Create habits. Habits are long lasting commitments to you, your business or your life.
A prime example is exercise and a gym membership. In all my years of lifting at a fitness center, I see this phenomenon every December. Enthusiasts show up every January ready to pump iron and sweat it out until they hit their lofty goals. By January or February, most of those once motivated gym rats are long gone. As are their well-intentioned resolutions.
You might be sick and tired of some things in your life or your business, but when you make “resolutions” out of desperation and frustration, they are even more challenging to maintain. You may deeply want them. Feel so passionate about change and are ready to commit, but think seriously about what you want and why.
How can you guarantee a little more success?
- Start small.
- Tie your goal to a habit.
- Write down your goals WITH action steps.
- Think: S.M.A.R.T. Goals: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.
- Be realistic not too grandiose.
- Make a vision board.
- Inspire and motivate yourself.
- Celebrate your successes – no matter how large or small.
- Be accountable.
- Involve others.
- Understand you will have ups and downs (that’s okay).
- Realize change takes energy.
- Failure is acceptable because you will try again.
- Have a plan for your perceived roadblocks.
- If you want different results, change the experiment.
- Changing or modifying a behavior takes times.
- YOU do have time.
- Dump the inner critic!!
- When in doubt, ask yourself: “How does this serve my goals?”
- Work on yourself ALL year, not just at the end.
Are you ready for some new yearlong habits or some New Year’s Resolutions?