The New Year is fast approaching, as is our time to determine our New Year’s Resolution. Self improvement is a goal shared by all Australians, which is why so many of us make a New Year’s Resolution in the first place. Unfortunately only a fraction of us keep to our resolutions, with experts estimating only about 8% commit to the very end. The secret to achieving your resolution is actually the resolution itself.
So why do our New Year’s Resolutions fail?
This can be down to several reasons, but it is generally due to lack of planning, commitment and motivation which can then be impacted by unrealistic goals. When setting goals, you should think long-term as well as short-term. Break these up into intervals. Your short-term goals will keep you on track on a daily basis, and your long-term goals will help you stay motivated on your journey. Remember, no one else can set your goals for you — this is something you have to do on your own.
Did you know that 50% of New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight? The other 50% aim to spend more time with family. Goals like these cannot be achieved over night, but by setting small achievable goals you can be working towards the end goal.
If you want to maintain your New Year’s Resolution, then start putting the steps into place to achieve these goals. Are you looking to lose weight? How do you plan to achieve this? Is there a program you can follow? Is there support available? If you are looking to spend more time with your family what will this involve? What changes need to be made to allow you to do so.
Remember at the end of the day your New Year’s Resolution is a goal. You set goals and make commitments every day. Commitments to your family, school, loved ones — to just about everyone but yourself. Well, it’s time to make the most important commitment, to YOU. It may take you a few days to prepare but you can get in the right mindset to achieve your goal.