New Years Resolutions
January 1, 2020
New Years, the time where everyone comes up with resolutions for the year ahead. There is a reason why #Resolutions2020 and #2020Vision are trending on Twitter today. So many people create a goal and yet majority will never make it past February. Why is it that 80% of resolutions never succeed?
So why do we fail?
I think one reason why people fail at their goals is that they put so much pressure on their resolution. It’s like they have to do it and when something comes up that prevents them, they just stop. This is when the excuses come out and we try to convince ourselves that we have a good reason to not complete our resolution.
As I have talked before about goal-setting, too many people make a goal that is not SMART. I won’t go into too much detail here but if your goal is to lose weight or lower your handicap, make sure that the goal is smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented.
How can you Succeed?
If your goal is to get more fit and yet you haven’t been to the gym in years, the likelihood of you going to the gym everyday is very small. Start by going once or twice a week and then work up to more days. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Create small micro goals for your larger goal. This will allow you to maintain motivation and keep you focused.
Share Your Goals
It may be daunting to do so, but having people aware of your goal will help keep you accountable. Share it with your friends and family so they can keep pushing you when those obstacles come up. Find someone or a group that will help you achieve your goal. You want them to push you but at the same time encourage along the way.
Life Happens, Adapt
There will always be obstacles and distractions that can cause you to give up on your resolution. When coming up with your goal, make sure to identify any possible obstacle so you can figure out how to adapt when it arises. By being prepared, you will be able to handle anything that comes at you and can keep focused on your goal.
Why January 1 Start?
No one says you have to start your resolution on January 1st. I think this is a main reason why people fail quickly. They go from nothing to everything in one day which causes burnout sooner than later. So take your time, make sure you have a good plan and start when you feel ready.
Make This the Year for Change
I struggled with goal-setting and still have times where I don’t follow through with all my goals. But by learning from past mistakes and being focused on the goal at hand, I am achieving more and more goals. I believe if you don’t lose hope, know that there will be ups and downs, and have a solid plan for your goals, you too will make your resolutions stick.