Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail: Not Enough Focus on the Why?
January: A new year, a new you. This year will be different. This year I will really stick to my resolutions! February: What were those resolutions again?
Sounds familiar? Only one out of ten people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions. What makes this 10 percent of people successful?
Maybe it is because they focus on the why.
Change is the most difficult part of a New Year’s resolution.
A resolution is ‘only’ a statement. It is the action, or change part that is the most difficult aspect of sticking to a resolution. Most people give up their resolutions sometime before the end of January.
By targeting our resolutions and objectives on the why, on the reason we need these resolutions to work, we increase our chances of success!
How to focus on the why by writing a personal mission statement
Take time and hone in on the reason for each of your resolutions, “This year I am going to…” (lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking). Focus on the big picture, on the why you should.
A way to understand the why is by developing a personal mission statement.
A personal mission statement is not something that you can do in a few minutes, it takes time and introspection. A mission statement requires free thought, simple statements, a reflection on your qualities and what you want from life.
Need more help?
Read this article on how to develop personal mission statements. A mission statement is all about you! “I will…, I want, I desire…”
Keep resolutions by synchronizing your mission statements, a resolution and the how.
The why from your personal mission statement: “I want to become more physically active and have more energy so I can spend more time with my family.”
Your resolution: I will exercise more this year.
Realistic objective: I will walk 30 minutes, 4 times a week.
The how: I will plan for my walks by putting time in my schedule and sticking with these appointments.
What do you think? Do have an example that you would like to share?
Don’t Give Up! Remember the Why, How, and Persistance
Here are a few tips to stick to those resolutions and the why behind it. Why, How and Persistance!
- Take time to think about the why behind these resolutions.
- Write a Mission Statement. The personal why you want change.
- Target how you will meet your resolution, and write the how down and plan time to do it.
- Give yourself a break. If there is a day or week that you find yourself back to your old habits, give yourself a break and get back to your goals by focusing on the why.
- Make the how fun, realistic and achievable.
- Vent to your partner and friends when you feel frustrated. Use a resolution buddy to help support each other.
- Plan a regular review on your mission statement and resolution goals to pat yourself on the back or adjust your objectives.
- Stay persistant!
Inspiration for this article came from this New York Times piece on New Year’s resolutions.
Dear readers, after the year is over and you have achieved some of what you wanted to achieve during the year, you can raise the glass of champagne and toast to you! Don’t make the same resolutions year after year and give up, this year add a personal mission statement and focus on the end result: the why. If your goals include weight loss, better fitness and more wellness, any changes, even small ones go a long way on the good health scale.
Good luck and here’s a glass waiting for you on your anticipated success!
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Happy New Year and wishing you success on your resolutions.