Resolutions don’t work! 5 things to do instead
Happy 2017! I love the sense of possibility the new year brings. It feels like a fresh start – out with the old and in with new. It’s the perfect opportunity to build on the growth and success you had in 2016 and chuck the beliefs, behaviors and situations that didn’t serve you well.
What do you want most this year and how will you make it happen?
If you’re like millions of people, you’ve already made a resolution or two – find a new job that lights you up, get those regular workouts in, find more time for the people and experiences you value most. (Or my perennial favorite, finally lose those extra 10 pounds! But enough about that…)
The truth is, a whopping 92% of resolutions fail!
I spent more years than I care to admit jumping on the resolution bandwagon, only to fall off it fast and land hard. I felt like I’d failed. I beat myself up for not doing better. Not surprisingly, I had trouble picking myself up and regaining my momentum. Ever gotten caught up in a spiral like this?
Finally, I wised up and decided to stop doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Here are five strategies that helped me stop “resolving” and start creating what I really want.
- Dream big. Having a vision for where you’d like to be next December can be exciting and motivating. If you haven’t done this already, write down what you want to achieve and the kinds of experiences you want to have that would make 2017 amazing. Give yourself permission to go big and have fun with this!
- Identify priorities. This is key: get clear on why each of these goals is important to you. How will you feel and how will your life be different when you achieve it? If you aren’t connected to your why, you probably won’t reach your goal. Rank you goals in order, starting with the one that will have the biggest positive impact on your life.
- Start small. One of the biggest reasons resolutions fail is because they’re too unrealistic. By breaking a bigger goal into more manageable chunks you’re far more likely to accomplish it. Set a time frame – 90 day sprints work well – and outline the specific actions you’ll take each week.
- Create accountability. You’ve got a goal and a plan, but let’s be honest – even the most disciplined among us make more progress when we’re accountable to someone else. Reporting activity and getting support from an accountability partner, mastermind group or coach keeps your confidence high and your momentum strong.
- Manage your mindset. You can have the most brilliant plan in the world, but if the story you tell yourself is that you don’t have the right credentials, it’s too hard and you can’t do it, it will never really happen. Make your mindset your greatest ally instead of a sneaky saboteur.
Here’s to making 2017 your best year yet. You can do this!