How many of you amazing people out there set New Year’s resolutions?
Follow-up question one week into the year: How many of you have already fallen off, let go or given up on at least one of them?
Before you start beating yourself up, you are not alone! As little as 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions. These are good, honest, decent folk who I’m sure have other goals in life that they smash regularly. The difference? Those other goals were well-thought out and very specific.
When resolutions start to break, for many of us, our minds wander to thoughts that we don’t have enough willpower or self-discipline, and we foster general self-doubt. There is definitely willpower at play in achieving your resolutions, but that is only part of the puzzle. Sometimes the issue is with the way that the goal was set in the first place. Many well-intentioned and enthusiastic keeners give in to the power and pressure of the New Year’s Resolution Propaganda Machine and quickly set goals which are destined to be an uphill battle.
Here are some proven ideas on setting better goals and what you can do to stick to them:
So a goal like “I will try to stop avoiding going to the gym more often” goes through the super goal turbocharger process and ends up as a much mighter “I will work out at the gym or run for 30 minutes, 3 times a week in 2013.” Ideally, you’ve also told your family, friends, co-workers, Twitter, Pinterest and the neighbour’s German Shepherd, Brutus, to help you stay in line.
Here are just 2 simple goals that I feel are realistic for all of us. To avoid that pesky goal ambiguity that kills goals before they start, I have offered a very specific and measurable challenge for you.
2013 Smile Challenge: Consciously trigger a smile 5 times a day.
Show more gratitude
2013 Gratitude Challenge: Track your gratitude – 3 times a week, log 3 things you are grateful for, why you deserve them and your role in making them happen.
Constant Questions: Will you take the challenge to smile more and show more gratitude? What resolutions did you set this year? A few days into the new year, how are you doing with them? What advice do you have for others to help them set and achieve goals and resolutions? Did you know that when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you? Didn’t the Beatles write a song about a resolution? Well, you know…
I will leave you with this amazing TED Talk to inspire you about the power of Resolution # 1 – smiling!
Thanks for reading!