Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Are you still working on them or have you found yourself feeling unmotivated to work on that list? According to BulletProof, 92% of people that set resolutions for the New Year fail to carry them out. That is a depressing statistic.
The most common reason that people fail to achieve their resolutions is simply that they do not plan properly.
When January 1st rolls around, most of us are still living somewhere in the holiday hangover phase. We just celebrated all of December's traditions and then New Years comes knocking on our front door telling us to get our act together overnight.
Then we sit down and create goals that are supposedly very important to us, yet we don't create or even implement a system to ensure that we can actually reach these goals.
So how do you get back on track if you have slipped on your resolutions?
Forget about the idea of instant gratification. Any goal or resolution that you feel is important and worthy is going to take time.
As we mentioned in this post, trying to tackle everything all at once is a battle of endurance not a sprint to the finish line. I wish that there was a way around this, however it simply isn’t possible. The gratification you feel once you have achieved your resolution will be well worth the time you spend each day working towards it.
Once you have pinpointed what got you off track in the first place, you are then able to plan so that it doesn’t happen again.
If one of your original resolutions was to work out for 5 days a week and you found that you were unable to maintain that schedule for whatever reason, then scale back to 3 days a week.
Whatever system you set up, it needs to be realistic for you and only you.
Your resolutions are going to take time. Schedule time each day to work towards those goals. Any goal is less intimidating when you set small goals that build upon a realistic timeline. If the end result is a really big achievement, it might feel a little impossible to reach. If you can set smaller goals that have a shorter time period but continue to build into that huge achievement, the process of getting there will seem very doable.
You might find that you have to repeat this process more than once so don't get discouraged. That just means that you have gained more understanding of what does and doesn’t work for you. Be pragmatic about your resolutions and stay the course.