We all make them – and then we break them. And then we feel bad and try to justify why we broke them. And then we start the blame game.
How would it be if you didn’t break your 2016 resolutions? What would your life look like if you made just two resolutions, and stuck to them? What would you say to yourself this time next year after having achieved your goals?
What would YOU like to achieve next year? Whatever it is, if it’s worthwhile, it’s likely to be a little bit scary. Shedding kilos, quitting smoking, cooking more and eating less takeout, saving more and spending less, drinking more water and less alcohol – the list is endless.
All our resolutions require us to make changes. Yet sometimes we focus on what we are giving up and the problems we will encounter, rather than the benefits we will receive.
After all, the reason we are making resolutions is because we know we can live a better life, one that is perhaps more fulfilling, or one in which we’ll be a better role model, one in which we can be proud of ourselves and our achievements.
But even though we know life will be better, we still drop the ball. According to FranklinCovey (a global productivity measurement group) 35 percent of us who make New Year’s resolutions will break them by the end of January. The Statistic Brain Research Institute reckons only about eight percent of people will achieve their resolutions.
So what makes New Year’s resolutions so hard to stick to?
As a Personal Change Agent, I’m dedicated to helping you make, and stick to, the positive health and lifestyle changes you want. And New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to kick off these changes.
And I find it fascinating that so many of you don’t achieve what you really want to make your lives better. So I’m off to do some research. Watch out for my next post where I’ll share my findings, and offer you hope. And my services too, if you’d prefer not to walk your new, undiscovered, road alone.
Until then, Merry Christmas, and treat yourself kindly (especially with food and alcohol).