Did you know that studies have shown that only 8% of people actually see their new years resolutions through and that the average person breaks their New Year Resolution within 3 weeks?
These resolutions are simply goals that tend to be set around the turn of the year after we’ve overindulged or looked back on our year and and realised we could have achieved more. The goals that are set are very typical around eating health and exercising more but we all know gym memberships are at an all time high during the month of January and then, strangely enough, drastically drop off.
So why do we do we continue to do this?
People set themselves goals for many reasons, maybe out of peer pressure, guilt, or tradition but sadly it’s not uncommon for the real desire or commitment to change.
The fact that you are not emotionally connect to the change is the reason why is fails as this is what actually drives us at a much higher level of commitment to go after and achieve the goals we’ve set.
How Do We Find The Strength?
You must have found yourself in a situation when you needed something to happen but you felt it was completely unrealistic to achieve but somehow you managed it. You found the strength within you and the resources to achieve that goal, because you absolutely had to do it!
When you’re setting your goal, it needs to be attached to something emotional to you so that you find the drive that will take you through the tough times when you are most likely to quit, and those times will come!
Let’s keep to the example of health. Before you start you already know that if you really wanted to get healthier you would have already done so therefore instead try to connect to your goal through powerful emotions such as , “I want my children to look up to me and see me as an example of health so that they don’t pick up the bad habits I have”.
When you connect something important to you, it can boost the feeling of drive and energy so that when you look in the mirror you know you’re doing it for a bigger purpose?
Another mistake is not making goals comprehensive enough or worse making the goal seem unrealistic. Yes set your overall goal for the year but then break this down to monthly, weekly and daily targets. This bite sized approach will make your goal more achievable. By celebrating the small wins along the way this will motivate you to move forward to achieve your overall goal. This combined with your bigger WHY is what will make all the difference.
When Should You Start?
The simple answer is now. As Benjamin Franklin says, Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Why wait for an an event to trigger change in your life. There is no point waiting to make the changes you know will serve you well.
If you find yourself lost momentum and drive, dig deep, search for your why and remember “Whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right”.
If you approach your goals with a healthy mindset you will succeed.