Ditch New Year Resolutions!

Simple google search for “New Year Resolutions” brings up over 195 million results in less than a second. Seems like people all over the world get the itch to start something new at the beginning of a new year. Maybe it has something to do with the holiday spirit, maybe with the all the regrets that come to mind about things we haven’t achieved throughout the year. But let’s face it, “New Year – New Me” sounds as “magical” as “I’ll start on Monday”.

Here is why resolutions fail

  • You are not sure about your WHY

You are “promising” yourself to start exercising, stop smoking, read more, eat better, etc. but have you defined the WHY behind your actions? Is it simply because you think you should be making these changes or you actually found the real reason to do so? If you don’t identify your true reasoning, motivation will fade faster than you expect and before you know it, you are back to square one.

  • Your resolution is too lofty

It’s o.k. to be ambicious about your goals, in fact, I think it’s necessary. But at the same time, it’s important to remember that every big goal starts with small steps and a LOT of work. If you are aiming to achieve a goal of serious proportions, it could be useful to recognize that the year ahead is just a beginning and a first stepping stone to your goal, a journey that is filled with hard work and setbacks. In other words, GET REAL.

  • You don’t believe in yourself

It’s one thing to “wish you could do something” and it’s a completely different feeling to “believe you can do it”. The way you feel often dictates how you act. Believe in yourself, you can do it!

The real solution to your resolutions

  • “Time is a concept that humans created” – Yoko Ono

Change your mentality. Yes, holidays are special because we get to spend quality time with friends and family but other than that, there is nothing special about it. There is no magic in January 1…And if so, what’s the point of waiting “until after the holidays” to start something you really need to start working on? Start now.

  • Find your reason

Nothing works unless you do, and while we often feel enthusiastic and excited about achievement of a new goal, in order for that feeling to last we need to be clear about our reasons. Find your reason, find your WHY.

New year will always be different from a previous one, but wheather that change is intentional or not, largerly depends on us.

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