Why is the gym parking lot empty?
Why are the sales of Oreos climbing?
Why did you stop trying?
Did you know that if you made a New Year’s Resolution, you were set up to lose? Do you know why? More importantly, do you know what to do about it?
New Year’s Resolutions are (mostly) fake! Think about it. Did one of these (or similar) happen to you last October?
Maybe you’re sitting at work and worried about your job. A certification might help. Should you start now or on the 1st of January?
Maybe you looked in the mirror. You’d like to fit in clothing the next size down. Should you start now or on the 1st of January?
Maybe you want to take a trip next summer. You want to learn French. Should you start now or on the 1st of January?
When you put off starting that resolution, you automatically program your brain to give it a low priority. Then, when the second, third and final weeks of January come around you lose you resolve because it was never really important to you.
In fact, here’s another statistic I’m not prepared to justify. More than 75% of resolution failures are explained as being beyond your control. Stuff like, “I had to work a lot of overtime” and “my daughter keeps bringing junk food into the house” and “my son broke the dumbells”. You get the idea.
Now you know why, but what do you do about it?
First – Be SMART.
Specific – don’t “lose weight” – lose 10 pounds
Measurable – don’t “fit into skinny jeans” – lose 2 inches on your waist
Attainable – certain amounts of weight loss may be unhealthy – make it something you can achieve
Realistic – losing 10 pounds is realistic – losing 100 may not be
Time-bound – set a date for your goal – finish writing that book in 12 months
Second – Avoid land-mines
In our house, we don’t have chocolate. We rarely have any sugar, no soda and we avoid certain fast-food options. We aren’t perfect, but we also don’t have chocolate “failure makers” planted around the house. Does it guarantee success? Probably not. But it helps, and it also avoids lapses.
Also, do things to help yourself. Take your own snacks to work. Buy a refillable water bottle. Hang out at the library instead of the bar. You get the idea…
Third – Write it down
The goal has more power when it’s written down, committed to and shard with others. There is power in accountability. And having friends that won’t accept “it was the overtime” as an excuse gives you a better chance of success.
We’ve had our last holiday for a while. You next
resolution goal should start as soon as you recognize the need. Take a look at what you want to accomplish, decide to do it NOW, write it down and commit to it. Otherwise, it’s just next year’s failed New Year’s Resolution, right?
The gym is all yours, if you want it…