New Years Resolutions: Vague Aspirations or Powerful Goals?
The old model of goal setting (resolutions) is broken. Did you know:
- 95% of people who lose weight on a diet regain it – and a significant percentage gain back more than they lost
- Even after a heart attack, only 1 out of 7 patients makes any significant lifestyle change around eating or exercise
- 25% of people abandon their New Years resolutions after one week – 60% after 6 months
- The average person makes the SAME New Years resolution 10 separate times without success
Why? Most people have no idea how to establish effective goals. We need to identify the ‘right’ goals and a good plan to accomplish them.
Studies show that people who make persistent progress toward meaningful goals lead happier, more satisfying lives. Goal setting and execution actually requires lots of thought and planning – and it all comes down to whether or not you are willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
You want to make your resolutions – your goals – stick! To do that, you have to accept that achieving significant goals usually comes with resistance. Chances are you will fail to reach your goals if you don’t have clarity about why the goal matters to you. Setting the goal is only half the job – you have to take action. Good intentions don’t count. You need to act – don’t get bogged down in the details. Just move and figure it out as you go.
Just a little something to think about as we round the corner toward another New Year. Cheers!