New Year Resolutions?? Don't Bother!

The statistics for keeping our resolutions aren’t great.

Apparently, over 40% of us make a resolution but only 8% of us manage to be successful!!

I’m sure you’ve heard some of these already…..

“I’m going to lose weight.” “I’m going to be on time.” “This is my year to get organized.” I’ve joined a gym and I’m going to go three times each week.”

The chances are that all these resolutions will be forgotten in weeks.

In their place will be old habits, old results and the same old uneasy feeling of guilt and failure.

Forget the Resolution
Making New Year’s resolutions is such a strong tradition that it is unusual to find someone who doesn’t make some kind of decision to change when the New Year rings in. But when you stop to consider the dismal outcomes of making resolutions, perhaps that unusual person is onto something.

Why do New Year’s Resolutions Fail?
Lack of vision and planning are two of the biggest reasons that New Year’s Resolutions fail. We are creatures of habit. And in his book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains that these habits are literally hard wired inside your brain. In fact, if you were to have a brain scan, your habits would be visible. Your habits are physical pathways that your brain enjoys traveling because they are familiar and it requires little energy. Since your brain is always interested in conserving energy, changing habits is not just a simple act of changing your mind; you literally have to rewire your brain and create new neural pathways.
Here are 10 questions to help you reflect and pick meaningful goals for the coming year (instead of new years resolutions!):

1. If you were to look back 1 year from now, what MUST have happened?”
2. If you chose to really stretch yourself, what would you aim for?”
3. What are 3 things that would make a difference in your life?”
4. “What do you want MORE of in your life?” (Make a list)
5. “What do you want LESS of in your life?” (Make a list)
6. “For your life to be perfect, what would have to change?”
7. “What’s one change you could make that would give you more peace/calm?”
8. “What is one thing you would love to do before you die?” (Your goal could be this, or a STEP towards this)
9. “What specifically do you want to accomplish this year?”
10. “What would an awesome year – in your life/career – look like this coming year?”

The good news is that while the old habit circuitry in your brain will never go away, you can build new circuits that will eventually become as strong as the old ones. When this happens, you have not just made and kept a New Year’s Resolution. Rather, you have changed your life.




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