HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Is it me or does it seem that everyone is talking about how one’s New Year resolution will fail: “New Year’s
resolutions – we make them, we break them and then we usually go back to our old habits”. Why all the negativity? It is true that currently only 8% of people who have a New Year resolution actually achieve them, BUT why not YOU or ME? No matter what kind of goal we have in mind, we can achieve them by following a few simple steps:
Share your goals with friends and family: As embarrassing as it might be, support is critical! Consider something as public as FaceBook? Yes, it takes courage to share something that you might actually fail at, but to dramatically increase your odds of success you’ll want all the support you can get. You may be surprised at how supportive some people can be.
Clearly define your goals: Many people in the spirit of New Year’s loudly proclaim, “This is the year I’m going to finally get in shape.” But what does that mean? Do you intend to lose a certain number of pounds? Reach a body-fat percentage goal? Run three miles without rest? Bang out 10 pull-ups? Use SMART – goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time specific. The first step to behavior change is to clearly understand what “it” is.
Schedule it in your calendar: How often do you hear people say they can’t “find the time” to do something? Nobody finds time – we all choose to spend our time the way we do. Make your new goals a priority and actually schedule them into your calendar. Think of these time blocks as important appointments, as you would an appointment with a doctor. Don’t casually schedule something else over them!
Have patience: You must set realistic goals and realise that progress is never linear. Some people will see rapid gains only to hit resistance later in their efforts. For others, initial progress may be painfully slow but then they suddenly achieve rapid breakthroughs. Making lasting changes takes time.
Track your progress: These measurements will be a source of motivation as you reflect; they’ll also help you to identify plateaus or “sticking points” in your progress so you can adjust your efforts.
Stop “all or nothing” thinking; it’s better do something than nothing: Are you guilty of “all or nothing” thinking? I know I am! However, the difference between doing something rather than nothing is huge! Just do what you can. The bottom line is, anything towards your goal is better than no effort at all.
Get up, when you fall: Always remember NONE of us are perfect! As the great Vince Lombardi said, “It isn’t whether you get knocked down, it’s
whether you get back up.” Resiliency is the key. Don’t turn relapses or temporary failures into total meltdowns or excuses for giving up. Instead, just acknowledge the mistake and recommit yourself.
I know it’s not easy, but I’m going to print out the above list and keep it where I can see it. Hopefully, it will remind me to keep going and that I will achieve some of my goals this year.
What do you think, can you achieve your New Year Resolution now?
Will you join with that 8% who will be celebrating later on this year?