🎉Happy New Year! 🎉
Welcome to 2020 – what I am calling The Year of Clarity. Have you made any New Year resolutions for this year? How are they going? Are you finding them difficult or easy to stick to?
Here’s the bad news – they usually don’t work. What? On average, 64% of resolutions are abandoned by February. Why is that? Why do so many of us make resolutions that we can’t keep?
Below, I discuss the top 7 reasons why resolutions don’t stick. But don’t worry, it’s not all bad news! I also give you 7 solutions to put in place that will enable you to turn the negatives around and make your resolutions last all year!
So why do people find it so hard to stick to their resolutions?
Problem 1: Most resolutions are based on what you “should” do, or what you think is expected by your peers or society like “I should eat vegan” or “I shouldn’t drink more than one glass of wine.” But are these resolutions aligned with what you actually want? If not, you are not likely to carry them out.
Solution: You need to get really honest with yourself about what you actually want to change about yourself. If it is something truly meaningful to you then you will be able to find the motivation to see it through.
Problem 2: Most resolutions are too broad and general, like “I will exercise more” or “I will eat healthy.” These resolutions are so vague that they become too difficult to action and don’t happen.
Solution: Get specific about what you want to do. For example, if it’s about exercising more, set a goal of doing a run or walk on Tuesdays and Sundays or whatever two days work for you.. The more specific the better! Another example is instead of eating healthy, commit to adding two green vegetables to your diet every day. See how this works?
Problem 3: Most resolutions are made without a plan to support them. That means that you are likely to set yourself up for failure by committing to a resolution that you have no idea how to execute.
Solution: The best thing to do for this situation is to look at your end goal, and break it up into achievable weekly goals so that you feel like you are working towards something. Going back to the running example, say that for week 1 you will run for 10 minutes. For week 2 you will run for 15 minutes and then for week 3 you will run for 20 minutes, etc.
Problem 4: Many resolutions are a bigger time commitment than you realised and become too overwhelming to action. You just don’t have the time to make them happen.
Solution: Incorporate resolutions into your daily life instead of trying to tackle the whole thing at once. For example, “I will get organised” becomes “I commit to spending 5 minutes a day becoming clutter free and organised.” Everyone can spare five minutes and you will be amazed with what you can get done in just 5 minutes every day. When you make it a daily habit, the resolution becomes achievable!
Problem 5: Most resolutions depend on going it alone and this makes achieving your goals so tough!
Solution: Whether it’s quitting smoking, going to the gym or committing to reading more books, get an accountability buddy who is a positive force in your life and do it together. Everything is easier when you have support!
Problem 6: A lot of resolutions fail because people give up too easily. What often happens is that by February, people get discouraged, lose interest or other priorities take precedence. Sound familiar?
Solution: To avoid this loss of motivation, try to set achievable benchmarks throughout the year and use the power of positive reinforcement to help you keep your motivation going.
Problem 7: Many resolutions don’t succeed because people are just too hard on themselves. They see things as black or white without seeing the shades of grey in between.
Solution: You need to celebrate your wins and the progress that you have made! For example, if you set yourself the goal of exercising three times a week and you have only been doing it twice a week, you need to view this as a success and not a failure – you took action and exercised twice a week! Amazing and congratulations! Results aren’t black and white, and we really need to celebrate our progress – this is sure to keep you going.
If you’re now ready to turn the negatives around and learn how to make your resolutions achieve results, then you will love the guide I created just for you called:
In this cheat sheet, you will learn how to reframe your resolutions into specific, actionable and meaningful goals that will bring you real, achievable results and fulfilment this year.
I would love to hear what your resolutions are and to know how I can support you to make them happen! Let me know about them in my Facebook group Women’s Entrepreneur Network – Health, wealth and Energy.
Remember to download my cheat sheet here:
and make 2020 the year where your resolutions get actioned!
Committed to your success,