Ever wondered why new year’s resolutions don’t work?
It’s a few weeks into January and I’m willing to make a bet that those of you who had the guts to make new year’s resolutions are probably either off track with them by now, or have quit altogether. And the rest of didn’t even bother because I mean, what the heck is the point right? Been there. Done that. No thanks. I get it, really I do.
So here are the top 3 reasons why people suck at new year’s resolutions and what you can do about it so that they do work.
I see it time and time again. “My new year’s resolution is to get in shape.” “Mine’s to make more money.” “Mine’s to be more organized.”
Then I’m like ok great, how are you going to do that? What’s your plan? Where’s the breakdown?
People set their very vague, non-specific resolutions and don’t have a plan for it. You have to get as detailed as possible. Chunk that baby down to the best of your ability and when you think you’re done, chunk it down some more. Start with the goal and work backwards. What exactly, step by step do you have to do in order to get to that goal. Which leads me to…
“Getting in shape” or “making more money” is so vague. Like what the heck does that mean “get in shape”? That could mean so many things. Or “make more money”. If you make one dollar more that technically is a success so great job, you win! No just kidding you don’t. You lose.
Get specific. It has to be measurable. So “get in shape” needs to turn in to “run 10k in 3 months” or “do 60 consecutive days of a certain workout program” or “get down to a size _______”. And then when you come up with a detailed plan like in number 1, you ballin’.
How many of you have ever set a goal or resolution but you just decided to keep a secret. Just between you and yourself. That’s fun, isn’t it? No it’s not, it’s a terrible idea. Because what you are doing is actually telling your brain it’s not going to work. You’re going to fail so when that happens no one will know about it and you will stay safe in your own little bubble where everyone thinks you’re perfect. So STOP DOING THAT! I’m not saying you have to announce it on social media…you can if you want, that’d be awesome…but you have to tell someone, your partner, family member, or better yet try to find an accountability partner. Someone who is either working on the same goal (awesome!) or someone who is working on a different goal, but you can work together with and hold each other accountable. Throw in a reward if you accomplish it and a punishment if you don’t and you are golden!
Just because it’s not January 1st right now doesn’t mean you can’t set your resolutions or re-set them, so apply the above principals and get to it!