Has it been a struggle to stick to past New Year’s Resolutions? Here are 7 tips to avoid falling into the same trap this year.
It’s that time of the year again! Another year is ending and many of us are looking forward to another ‘New Year, New Me’ agenda as we focus on setting our New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
Trust me you are not alone on this mission, in fact, 26% of Americans will be making a New Year’s resolution for 2019, according to data from YouGov Omnibus. That’s almost 85 million list of resolutions generated by Americans only.
Here’s one more statistic, did you know that most people abandon 80% of their New Year’s resolutions by February? Not trying to burst anyone’s bubble here, but that’s the reality; people often fail at accomplishing their yearly plans.
Who is to blame? Is it the list of unrealistic list of resolutions or the person behind them? I personally feel the former has a bigger role to play in this.
Think about it – have you ever met someone who set huge goals for the New Year, and actually accomplished all of them? Has anyone ever went from being overweight to reaching that GQ model body by May?
Reasons people often fail at accomplishing their New Year’s Resolutions
The reality is most people fail at achieving their New Year’s resolutions plans, and there are several reasons for why you might fail at yours, here are 5 major ones:
- Hurry to see results – listen, if it was quick and easy then everybody would do it
- You don’t believe in yourself – we’ve all had that voice of doubt creeping up on us by January time. Defeat doubt with belief, and know that failures are essential in every success story
- Treating your plans like a sprint rather than a marathon – you expect to see quick and drastic results in no time, well this just doesn’t work. Set reasonable expectations for yourself and follow through till the end
- You don’t track progress – I hope you understand that anything that is measurable is changeable. Not only that, but tracking results help you see the momentum you’ve been building and your accomplishments thus far. Looking back at those accomplishments will only push you to want to see more results
- Not very clear on your why – you might know what it is that you want, and you might know it very clearly. However, what people often fail at recognizing is that behind succeeding at every ‘what’ there must be a solid ‘why’.
Tips for creating an achievable list of New Year’s resolutions
If any of the above resonates with you, the good news is that you can turn all of that around. Here are 7 tips that can make your 2019 New Year’s resolution a more successful one:
- Be clear on your why?
As mentioned previously, it is crucial for you to know and understand your why before you tap into the ‘what’. What is the reason behind putting “lose 25 pounds” on your list? Why will “reading more books” enhance your life? How will “travel to new destinations” fulfill your lifestyle? Knowing your why will be the booster you need on this journey to accomplish more.
- Set bite-sized measurable goals
Setting large goals for yourself will only overwhelm you and scare you away. Therefore instead of going for a large goal in an unreasonable time frame, that might end up discouraging you in the end, it is best to break that goal into smaller digestible milestones.
- Put yourself in charge.
It is extremely necessary to have control over your goals. Having a team to support you and give you advice when needed is not harmful, however, relying on other’s to accomplish a goal could be the death of that goal. Your actions should be what matter the most in that equation of change.
- Be realistic
Be realistic when setting your goals, and this relates to point #2. Again, you don’t want to be aiming too high and ignoring the reality or the circumstances surrounding you or that goal. For instance, don’t aim to accomplish the most in your business during January when you know you are going to be traveling for most of it. You need to set manageable expectations for yourself in terms of goals and timelines; which brings me to the next point
- Plan a time-frame
Phasing out your ultimate goals into milestones will only make sense if those milestones were assigned to certain time periods. Dividing your goal into a set of periods will enable you to assess your short term progress against your long term goals.
- Reward yourself
Embed some sort of a reward system into your next year’s plan. For instance: having a cheat day with every 6 pounds lost; Or binge watching a series on Netlfix with every book you finish reading. Rewarding yourself is an essential component of motivation. However, make sure you understand the difference between a slip and a reward. A slip could mean exceeding your rewards to a point that will pull your progress backwards and will eventually make you “slip” back into your old habits.
- Don’t give up!
In the case you slip as mentioned in the previous point, it is important to pull yourself back up onto that horse of progress. If you lose momentum don’t beat yourself over it, at the end of the day we are all humans and falling behind or not feeling it is only normal.
In those times, you need to remind yourself of all the accomplishments you have done so far, regardless of how small they are, and keep pushing forward. It’s as easy as saying “I’m starting again now”, and doing so.
My New Year’s Resolution and 8th Tip
Now that you have these tips in your pocket, you are better positioned at not only creating a reasonable New Year’s resolution list for 2019, but also excelling at it.
In my case, the list I have built for 2019 is one that is authentic to my true self and aspirations. In the past, I realized that I was chasing dreams that were not mine and I was building New Year’s resolutions that were not truly mine, they probably belonged to society.
So my 8th tip to you is to build a list that is authentic and is real to you, and only you. To learn more about my mission, my next year and my story click here
Also, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what’s on your list for next year? Would love to hear all about it.