Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions?
New Year resolutions. You know, the promises you make to become a better person usually on New Year’s Eve? Like with getting fit by going to the gym, to stop smoking or even to give up drink for a few months.
Ok. How are you doing with that? Are you keeping those resolutions? If yes, then that’s great and I’ll see you in next week’s post. If no, then all I can say is…
Congratulations…your resolution is halfway to becoming a complete failure.
Ok, that’s a little harsh but logically speaking it’s true. Bear with me for a minute.
When you speak about that resolution, do you just say "I want" or do you say "I want … by the end of 2019"? If it’s just "I want…" then that, along with lack of motivation, not measuring progress and perhaps being overwhelmed are common reasons for your resolutions failing dramatically like my chat-up lines.
However don’t despair, you’re not the only one who struggles to keep them. Only 20% of people who make them are successful in the US according to US News; and in a YouGov survey, 22% who make them in the UK also succeed.
Most fail by mid-February where the passion fizzles out and old habits rise again.
Perhaps that’s why in the UK, the majority of those who make new year’s resolutions are 18-24 year olds.
"So how do I become part of that exclusive 20/22 club?""
Perhaps you could start in February? "Come on Matthew you’re losing your marbles now! You’re five months out of date!"
No no no. Hear me out.
January is a depressing month and frankly not a real beginning to the year. You come out of the festivities wondering where it’s gone. When you reach February, Christmas and New Year are long gone.
Don’t take my word for it, even NBC’s Craig Melvin starts his New Year’s resolutions in February. A way to "ease into them" as he puts it.
Anyway, enough of talking about January and February, we’re 5/6 months past that (or 6 to 7 months to go depending how you view it). There’s still time to turn it around.
Break that new year resolution into chunks like cutting that chocolate cake into smaller pieces. Tweak your new year resolution towards being Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-limited. Or make them SMART – a popular goal-setting tool, especially in business. I never heard the end of it when I studied business management.
"How do I make my goals more likely to be achieved?" Do these and another important thing…call them "yearly goals" rather than new year resolutions. You’re more likely to treat them as an all-year aim than a resolution where you’re likely to forget by the end of the first quarter.
Rome wasn’t built in a day; Fernando Alonso didn’t win his second Le Mans 24 Hour race recently by acing it in the first three hours.
So get up, tweak that resolution (or goal) and go for it! You never know, by New Year’s Eve you’ll have pulled off a huge turnaround worthy of a Hollywood movie.
Nothing is impossible…only you make it impossible!