Resolutions? What New Year's Resolution?!?!
So it’s March. Its been about 60 days since you declared that inspiring resolution! What resolution? Oh yeah, THAT one!
Exactly!! What happened? At the time it seemed so clear, so ‘do-able’ , so inspiring. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their new year’s resolutions, even after just 30 days, and only 8% actually accomplish them.
Why is that?
Are people just following a ‘trend’ of declaring someone else’s resolution? Are we just lazy? Do we get stopped or overwhelmed by the first set back?
Perhaps there’s some truth to any/all of the above but I don’t think it’s the real reason.
So much of our culture is focused on achieving goals but there is not as much focus on the actual steps needed to get there. Right? Think about it. Did you actually map out an entire plan for those ‘2019 resolutions’. So you had in your mind to achieve certain goals, milestones, measurable outcomes by the END of 2019? Or perhaps even by quarters? But no ‘real’ plan on how to get there.
Well, not to worry. The best way to overcome a setback is to first acknowledge it and then RE-SET! So here are a few tips for getting back on YOUR path..the one YOU set.
TIPS for RE-SET:
1) Re-examine the goals and YOUR why?? WHY did you choose those goals and resolutions? Look beyond any immediate gratification; what is the deeper need or desire? Identifying the deeper, more valued ‘why’ will provide you with an ‘anchor’ when you encounter challenges.
2) Set aside time to map out your plan. Does this involve food prep, or scheduling time to cook? Or putting your exercise time into the schedule? Or setting an alarm to ensure you’re winding down the day earlier enough to get enough sleep? Whatever the goal, map out the plan to get there.
3) Write down the goals and put them in places you’ll see them everyday. Studies show that people who write down the goals, are 42% more likely to achieve them if you write them down. Write them on post-it notes and keep them in your car, your kitchen, your bathroom, your desk…any place that you will see them every day, to remind you of what you said.
4) Start sharing the goals with someone that will be supportive. Research also shows that when you publicly announce or share your goals, it’s a way of holding yourself accountable (and if you share them with people in your life that are supportive, they may even help you get there). Enlist your spouse or best friend, or even your kids to support you in reaching those goals. And of course a wellness coach is also an option too.
5) Remember, you’re human. Sometimes when working towards goals, a little ‘perfectionism’ can easily set in and then send us down a slippery slope. Remembering that one little mistake (or choice that’s not aligned with your goal) is not the end of the world. CONSISTENCY is the key to achieving goals, not perfectionism.
Feel free to share your goals and the structures you have in place! Would love to hear from you.
Wishing you wellness,