I want to start off by saying, Happy New Year everyone!
It’s the beginning of a brand new year, a new chapter in our lives. For me, it feels like I have 365 days to try again. I find that at the start of a New Year, it is a good time to reflect on what went wrong and right in the previous year.
Today I want to discuss one thing most people are inclined to do during the start of the year, make New Year’s Resolutions. I will be discussing 3 reasons why New Year’s Resolutions never work, and what you can do to actually make them succeed.
We all must have memories of making a New Year’s Resolutions, maybe you have made one this year. For me, I would make one every year, then it would be a distant memory in February. So why do they actually fail?
There can be so many factors as to why these resolutions don’t work, but I want to focus on 3.
What is your big why? Why have you chosen that specific goal?
Maybe your goal is to stop smoking, lose weight or gain funding for your social enterprise.
Behind these resolutions has to be the question ‘why?’ Why have you set this resolution?
I have found that if the reason for your resolutions comes from an external source, you are less likely to achieve it. For example, if someone else wants you to lose weight for them. The motivation needs to come from within to succeed.
The second reason why I believe that resolutions fail is that they are not specific. For example, it could be that you say ‘I want to lose weight’, there is no specific reason behind it. There is no why, how or when. You need to add specifics to this goal so that you are more likely to accomplish it. I find that you should ask yourself, ‘why is it important to you?’ ‘Why does this goal matter to you?’
They are not time-bound
It seems to be human nature that we always find reasons why we can’t do a task today. We always seem to put it off, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll do it later’ are two key phrases that come to mind. It goes on and on, and it never happens.
However, if you have a reason as to why you are doing this resolution, and you have a time frame, you are more likely to accomplish it.
Let’s use the most common ‘I want to lose weight’ resolution.
You need to have your OWN reason as to why you want to accomplish this goal. Is it due to your own confidence issues, health reasons or anything you are passionate about? You need to be honest, and clear with yourself.
Then you need to be specific. How much weight do you want to lose?
Finally, give yourself a time frame. Do you plan to do this for this whole year? Is there an event you want to lose weight for? Maybe you want to make this a continuous thing in your life? You could separate the year into separate months, where you aim to lose a set figure by a certain date.
So those are the 3 reasons why I think New Year’s Resolutions never work, and what you can do to make sure they do.
I hope 2019 is filled with accomplishments, happiness and good health for you and your loved ones. If you are feeling brave, share your own New Year’s Resolutions in my Facebook community, implementing the 3 tips above.
Happy New Year everyone, and remember I am always here to help you on your journey.