We’re not here to be the bearers of bad news. In fact, our goal is to do the opposite. If you’re one of the 40 percent of Americans who has made a New Year’s resolution this year, we want to help you achieve success in accomplishing your goal. But first a little background.
New Year’s Resolutions Statistics
Did you know that, according to statistics, 81 to 92 percent of resolutions fail? And to add insult to injury, most people give up on their resolutions by February – just one month into their new lifestyle!
So what gives? There’s a list of reasons resolutions don’t seem to stick, but there is one that seems to be the most common. When making a resolution, many are quick to identify their WHAT, but not their WHY. In other words, you know what you want (i.e. weight loss), but you don’t know why you want it. Luckily, there’s a simple solution for this.
Identifying Your Why
This technique can be applied to all types of resolutions, but for the sake of staying on theme, we’re going to use weight loss as an example. You’ve decided that you want to lose weight, but now you need to figure out why.
Is it to look better? Do you want to feel healthier? Are you hoping for more energy to keep up with your children/grandchildren? Is it to reverse a potentially harmful condition, like pre-diabetes? Your why may be one or all of these things. Once you identify your reason(s) why, write them down on a sticky note and keep it somewhere visible – it could be your bathroom mirror; or in your car; or on the refrigerator. It’s best to put it somewhere you’ll see it frequently.
Take a moment to sit down and quietly reflect on your reasons for choosing your resolution. Imagine how you would feel when you reach your goal. Do you feel sexy and confident? Are you running around with your family with loads of energy? Is your health better than it’s ever been in years? How does that make you feel? Take a minute to picture yourself as this new person and imagine that you’re already there. Spend some time really feeling the joy associated with achieving this goal.
Sticking to Your Resolution
Now every time you feel yourself straying from your resolution or you just want to throw in the towel, go read your list of “whys”. Then sit quietly and bring yourself back to when you imagined how it would feel when you reach your goal. When you can really take a moment to identify – and sit with – the bigger picture, it makes it easier to reach your goals and to get through it, day by day.
Of course, support is huge when it comes to reaching your goals, and we just happen to be the experts in weight loss (which is the most common New Year’s resolution, by the way). If you need a team behind you, come check us out. We’re here for you.