It’s almost New Years Eve-time for champagne, kisses at midnight, and the random person shooting themselves when they fire up in the air. (Gravity-it will win, every time. Bullets go up, bullets come down)
In a recent analysis done at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, 700 people were questioned regarding resolutions. 78% had failed to keep resolutions.
Many, if not all of us, have been in that 78% at some point in our lives. We start with the best intentions, get going with enthusiasm and vigor….and then sputter out. Sometimes we make it longer than others, but it’s the rare instance where a “resolution” gets integrated into “lifestyle.”
So-in that spirit-here’s 5 ways to avoid a resolution failure this year
1-Just say No.
Do you really need to start something just because it’s January 1st? Why not December 30th, or January 12th, or February 2nd? How about a Groundhog Day resolution? If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing at the moment you decide to do it. Which brings me to….
2-Just Do It. (Respect to Nike(R))
Now is a good time. Why wait?
It’s not all going to happen overnight, or in a week or a month most likely. Make smaller, measurable and time bound goals. Work toward these mini-goals, one step at a time. The old adage that Rome wasn’t built in a day holds true for just about everything. Although…
On a regular basis I am guilty of “paralysis by analysis.” I research, I plan, I research some more, but I haven’t GOTTEN ANYTHING DONE! I am so concerned about getting everything perfect that I don’t actually do anything. Except research. Lots and lots of research. But that gets me a tiny step closer to my goal, whereas if I had taken some research, made an educated decision and then acted on that decision would have gotten further. You don’t have to have the perfect plan, the perfect diet, the perfect exercise routine. Take one step. Reevaluate. Take another step. Just like following a map, recheck that you are on the right course, and continue. If you veer off a bit that’s OK-just adjust.
5-Just Enjoy/or be Scared to Death.
If it’s not something you have fun with, or have a deep connection to in some way, you won’t last. Set yourself up for success by choosing things that meet the requirements of fun, strong belief/passion, and/or fear of consequences. Fear is a great motivator! Many times over the fear of being in a bikini has motivated many women, including myself, to exercise/eat well/use self tanner. And then you have enjoyment when you can wear it with a swing in your step and pride.
-Are you making any resolutions this year? Have you changed your outlook on the “new year resolution” tradition? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Now go forth and celebrate!
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