2022 is just around the corner and with a New Year comes those NY resolutions we all know too well. The most common NY resolutions include;
I’m going to exercises more
I’m going to lose weight
I’m going to improve my diet
I’m going learn a new skill
Sound familiar? How many times did you set yourself a NY resolution with good intentions but then watch it become a distant memory? You’re not alone though, with approximately 75% of people giving up in the first week! 71% make it past 2 weeks, 64% keep it up as long as 1 whole month, 46% to Mid Year and only 8% actually achieve those goals. Why? Well, the reasons do vary but there are a few standouts.
The goals are unrealistic
No progress was tracked
The goals were simply forgotten about
Too many resolutions were made to begin with
When setting goals or NY resolutions it is important to really think about what you want to achieve and how you will work towards achieving it. This is where the SMART principle comes into play; (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).
Apart from the SMART principle, really think about your ‘WHY’. Why do you really want to achieve it. Finding that will create an emotional attachment to that specific goal and will likely create a higher level of motivation within yourself to succeed.
Set yourself up for success and create goals you know you will achieve. Might it be hard.. Yes, might you come along bumps along your journey.. It’s likely, however, it's important to accept the journey in all it’s glory and look toward the bigger picture, that prize of success, self satisfaction or self growth. Whatever your NY resolution may be, just remember you are the person that can make it happen and you are also the person to stand in your way.
The question to ask yourself is.. Which one of those people will you be?