Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since. ~Dave Beard
New Year’s resolutions are list of tasks you would love to accomplish in the coming year. You might have been thinking about making changes for a while. However, you might have tacked one or two promises on the list at the last minute. What makes a resolution successful? According to the University Of Scranton Journal Of Clinical Psychology, the success rates for New Year’s resolutions are as follows:
• Resolution maintained after the first week- 75%
• Resolution maintained after two weeks- 71%
• Resolution maintained after one month-64%
• Resolution maintained after six months-46%
Less than half of the folks who set out to achieve resolutions maintain their goals after 6 months. It’s not clear whether the numbers would be the same at other times of the year. Regardless, what happens to your goals and dreams? You might have lost interest, the motivation, or the end result wasn’t important anymore. Keeping on track can fall by the wayside when the goal isn’t clear. Being unfocused can set you up for an epic fail
Why New Year’s Resolutions Rarely Work
The last six weeks have been spent burning the candle at both ends during the holiday season. You might have not been getting your basic needs met, such as sleep or relaxation. Your diet probably wasn’t the best with all of the parties and sweets everywhere. Holiday stresses takes a toll on your body and people rarely stop and recover from the holiday marathon. The bottom line is that your energy is low and so are your resources to be successful at change. Beginning major life changes such as weight loss or quitting smoking may not be the best idea without holiday recovery time.
A client, I’ll call Jackie told me how she was putting the pieces back together after the holidays. “Everyone wanted a piece of me and I had no time for myself. I planned on joining a gym to lose some weight but I can’t even think straight.” Jackie was clearly exhausted and was missing some vital pieces needed to be successful at her goal.
If Not New Years Day, Then When?
“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.”—Napoleon Hill
Resolutions have a greater chance to succeed when there are the following pieces:
• Solid goals with a plan in place
• Secure reasons why you want to change
• Know you can re-evaluate you plan at any time if something doesn’t work
• Support system for success
You want to create a solid plan for change so you can be as successful as possible. Once your plan is in place, just get started. Procrastination is just a way that your subconscious mind blocks you from success. Move forward and keep your aim on your goals. If something doesn’t work, look at your goals and start again as soon as possible. Beating yourself up for not staying on track only allows you to lose you momentum. Don’t take failure personally. It’s there to show you what doesn’t work. Get up, dust yourself off and keep going.
Get all of your resources in place and choose a target date that’s best for you. There are 364 other days in the year that you will have all of the factors you need for reaching your goals.