Usually, within a few weeks, most people give up on their New Year resolutions.
Maybe they hit the gym hard for the first week, miss a couple days the second week, and only go once the third week.
Maybe they go a few days without a cigarette, sneak one in here and there over a couple weeks, and then they’re back to a half a pack a day.
Maybe they cut down on their daily alcoholic drinks and all of a sudden they’re back to a few glasses of wine a night.
Or maybe they are one of the 10% who are still going strong with new habits, and I congratulate that! But why do so many people give up on their resolutions? Why is it so hard to change just one simple thing?
The first thing you have to look at, and this may be an obvious one, did you write it down? Studies have shown that 65% of people do not even write their goals down; they haven’t even committed their goals to paper! There are a number of studies that show that people who write their goals down are 80% more likely to achieve them than people who don’t write them down. So the importance of placing your resolutions down on paper so you commit to them, remember them, and clarify them, will help you get what you want.
Another main reason people have a hard time sticking to their resolutions is that their “why”, their reason for doing it, is not big enough. In order to make any sort of change, small or large, and make it instantly and easily, they must be clear on why they want the change now. Once the “Why” is clear and they feel great about it, then the “benefits” of changing that behavior outweigh the “benefits” of the actual behavior.
An easy solution to your difficulties could be in the accountability you create for yourself.
- Find a buddy who will go to the gym with you, someone who will be dedicated to meeting you there every day.
- Tell a close friend to kick you in the shin every time you take a drag of a cigarette.
- Write a check out to your favorite charity with your entire savings account, give it to someone you deeply trust, and tell them to mail it if you slip once in your efforts to resolve anything!
- Become elaborate; make it worth your change. You should make it something that will remind you of your “Why.”
There are many different strategies to stick to your New Year resolutions, and it all starts with changing your current ones that are holding you back!
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Delve into your resolutions and make this the year that change is inevitable!