Why do so many people fail at New Year’s resolutions? Year after year, 92% of those who make them, break them. Meaning only 8% succeed. Ask anyone why, and you’re likely to hear a million excuses: “I got a new job and didn’t have time”, “I went on holiday and couldn’t get back to my routine”, “bad weather forced me to take a break” …the list goes on. People have the best intentions to change but never take action.
Are you ready to become one of the 8% who succeeds this year? The 6 steps below will help you with achieving your fitness goals.
CALLING IT A “RESOLUTION”
Who really takes resolutions seriously anymore? Most of the time the word alone is enough to leave us laughing. It’s a nickname for a short term goal that deep down, we know we’re going to give up on sooner rather than later. You have a whole year to do something and you end up leaving it for tomorrow, next week, next month and in the end, you never do anything about it. If the term already has such a bad reputation, let’s scrap it. Refer to your resolution as a goal this year, take action towards your goal and you’ve already passed the first step.
FOLLOWING THE CROWD
People often give up because they don’t want it bad enough. It’s always the same resolutions every year: lose weight, quit smoking, save money, eat healthier. Don’t just choose one of these standard resolutions because everyone else is. Your goal has to be specific and personal to you. It should be measurable – an objective that you can break down into stages. But above all, your goal should inspire, empower, and most importantly, scare you.
TRYING TO CHANGE EVERYTHING AT ONCE
Don’t make the mistake of spreading yourself too thinly across many resolutions. Realistically, most don’t have the time or the mental capacity to work on numerous goals at once. It’s also not an efficient or effective way to move forward. Don’t get us wrong, it’s ok to have many goals for the year, but when it comes down to working on them, the most efficient way is to focus 100% of your attention on reaching one goal before setting the next. If it’s new habits that you’re trying to form, we suggest focusing on one habit for at least three weeks.
QUITTING BEFORE 21 DAYS ARE OVER
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Some may dismiss this as a myth. We say it doesn’t hurt to give it a