I know I’m not supposed to be talking about New Year’s Resolutions right now, but since we just finished celebrating Easter, I thought the timing was about right to address all of the new-year’s-resolution failures that have probably already occurred at this point.
Lose 10 pounds – already lost it and gained it back… twice
Read the Bible in a year – got stuck in Leviticus and gave up
Workout 5x per week – gym membership has been collecting dust on the dresser for a month
Ask out that cute guy/girl you’ve been interested in – already engaged… to someone else.
Sound familiar?Why do our annual resolutions fail?
1. We fail to plan. No matter how great our intentions are, our human nature requires us to implement a specific step-by-step process if we expect to make a notable change in our habits. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
2. We bite off more than we can chew. Our culture regularly overestimates what can be accomplished in a day and underestimates what can be accomplished in a year. Therefore, each day when we fail to meet our own expectations, we get discouraged and come one step closer to quitting. Set a single monthly goal with weekly benchmarks to determine whether you are on track or not . Seriously, do it! A single month’s success will inspire you for the rest of the year!
3. We don’t have any accountability. Whom have you told about your goal? Your dog or cat doesn’t count! If nobody knows what you’re trying to accomplish, how can they give you a swift kick in the pants when you need it? I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to criticism, tell them what you plan to do, and then give them free reign to call you out.
4. We don’t create rewards. If the goal is the only reward, it can sometimes be difficult to stay motivated. By adding incremental rewards, I find myself more excited about small victories.
This is one I’m experimenting with right now…
April’s goal: 500 hits/week on this blog for 2 weeks in a row.
Reward: $100 financial investment in this blog.
Current Status: 344 hits last week.
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