Yeah, I said it…New Year’s Resolutions suck. If you don’t agree, think about all the resolutions you’ve made. Compare that to how many you’ve actually kept. It’s not many, is it?
In fact, the success rate of achieving a new year’s resolution is even lower than the win rate of the Oakland Raiders over the past few years…that’s LOW!
Why Resolutions Do NOT Work
Resolutions don’t work because they’re really nothing more than wishful thinking. And as the saying goes…wish in one hand and poop in the other and see which one fills up faster.
Most sources you read say that losing weight, quitting smoking, and exercising more are three of the most common resolutions each year. Spending less money and saving more money is another common one. Those are all great resolutions! So it’s not bad resolutions that’s the cause of their lack of success. It’s the fact that they’re not tied to action that’s the problem.
What DOES Work
Take another look at those four common resolution:
- lose weight
- quit smoking
- exercise more
- spend less/save more
Let’s think logically about how to achieve these…or any resolution for that matter. The only way to achieve any of these is to take action. I know that sounds rather anticlimactic, but it’s the truth.
The only way to achieve any goal is to take a step towards it…even if it’s a tiny step.
When it comes to losing weight, a small step toward achieving that would be to eat a smaller portion of food at dinner. Another would be to forgo the honey bun that you have in the morning. Or you could have a protein shake in the afternoon so you’re not as likely to wanna pig out at dinner. It doesn’t matter what it is, just pick a positive, productive action to take…then do it!
If it’s stopping smoking you want to achieve, smoke one less cigarette per day for a week, then drop another cigarette the following week, and so on.
Let’s say exercising more is your goal, commit to walking around the block a time or two after work every day, Monday – Friday. Then in a couple weeks, walk another lap. A couple weeks later, jog during part of that walk, and so on.
If it’s too cold out, buy a jump-rope and start by jumping rope for a few minutes before or after work. Then add a minute to your jumping every week.
I think you get the idea now. It’s taking action that results in change, not simply thinking of a goal or resolution you’d like to achieve.
You’re probably already aware that I recommend the book The Slight Edge, if not, you are now. The reason I like and recommend it so much is simply because it discusses the real way to achieve a goal, and how to do so with only the slightest of changes. If you’ve got a goal you want to achieve, I HIGHLY recommend you get you a copy of The Slight Edge. It’ll be worth every penny, I assure you! (By the way, I have zero affiliation with the book, I simply recommend it because it’s good. Just treating you like a friend…that’s how I roll;)
Happy (Early) New Year!
I sincerely hope 2015 is your best year yet! If not, I hope it’s at least better than last year. And my definition of better, by the way, is happier. So here’s hoping 2015 brings you LOTS of love and laughter.
And while you’re making goals (and planning what action you’ll take toward them), don’t forget to count your blessings.