New years resolutions are bullshit. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.
Why’s that? Because resolutions are set in such an ULTIMATE fashion that we have no tangible way to get there. Examples are: be more environmentally responsible, donate to charities more often, improve some aspect of your physical wellbeing, quit smoking/drinking/poker/spending on unnecessary shit.
But read them back again…. They beg the question, how, when and why?
Often these are things we’re not deeply motivated to change. It might last for a day or so, maybe even a couple of weeks but without a strong enough WHY, this simply won’t stick for the long term. And that’s not your fault! Society’s so used to this style of resolutions, that we almost don’t know any better. But if you think about it… we do. They’re called goals. And we know exactly what they are and what they stand for.
What we forget is how to set goals that are realistic, and actionable. Often we overestimate what we can achieve in a day but underestimate what we can achieve in a year…. Crazy but true.
So here’s what to do...
Think about that resolution and then break it down – fluff it out to address these 5 things: (SMART Goal):
Make it measureable
Ask yourself if it’s attainable/achievable
Make sure it’s relevant to the big picture you’re trying to achieve
And Time bound – put a deadline on it (3 months works well). And remember you can build up to your 3 month goal.
Bonus – Your Why!
Here are some examples:
In three months’ time, I will walk for at least 20 minutes with the kids, four days per week so that I can spend more time outside with them and increase my fitness.
In three months’ time, I will drink at least 1.5L of water each day, so that my digestion works optimally and my skin looks great.
In three months’ time, I will eat a homemade lunch from Monday – Thursday, so that I can eat healthier and save money.
Now it’s important that you write your goal/s out with a pen and paper. It’s been proven that you’re 73% more likely to succeed if you see it in your own writing and say it out loud.
Good luck!! Touch base with me if you could use some more support in your habit changes… coz it can be hard!