It’s time to ring in the new year, and with that comes those pesky New Year’s resolutions – you know, those things that you have every intention of following through with when you make them, only to wind up forgetting all about them before they really have a fighting chance.
My suggestion? Stop making them. I mean, c’mon, you and I both know they are futile. After all, 92% of new year’s resolutions never get resolved. That means only a measly 8% are actually achieved. Does that make the vast majority of us failures? No. It means the majority of us need to stop relying on resolutions to help us see the results we wish to achieve.
If the fact that 8% of New Year’s resolutions actually survive the year is not reason enough to stop making the things, here are another five reasons you should toss them to the wayside, along with a few suggestions on what to do instead:
1. Every day is a new start.
Although the first of the year is a new beginning in oh so many ways, any day is a good day to start making changes toward the life you want. Many people wait until Monday, then when either November or December hit, those Mondays turn into “on January 1st.” Stop that then just START. Start where you are with what you have. If you want something, go after it wholeheartedly NOW, not half-assed because the new year demanded some attention.
2. New Year’s resolutions are more about tradition than results.
Every single year at this time, we tell ourselves the very same thing that we told ourselves at the same time last year. People are so used to this yearly occurrence that you are sure to be asked more than once over the next few weeks what your resolutions are, then by February, everyone has moved on and really couldn’t care less if you resolved anything or not. Create a new tradition by making an honest-to-goodness commitment to yourself instead. Want to lose weight? Hire a health coach (like myself) to help you create a plan you can stick with. Want to get to the gym more and learn to use the weights? Hire a personal trainer (I know a few). Want to run more? Find a partner that will keep you motivated. You get the idea.
3. Self-improvement is an ongoing process, not a one-time challenge to get it right each and every new year.
Most resolutions revolve around the idea of being better in some way. We may want to eat better, feel better, be kinder, exercise more, etc., and every bit of that takes time as well as a daily commitment to improve. Yes, some days, we just want to forget the world exists and curl up in a blanket with a book and bonbons, but that doesn’t mean we have given up on ourselves and have to wait for a whole new year (or week) to begin that self-improvement thing again. It’s all part of the process. Accept that and move on.
4. You already know you aren’t going to keep them.
Yes, we all have the intention that “this year, I’m going to do this!” when we make those resolutions, but honestly, the track record isn’t all that great. Use that energy toward lifestyle changes that actually stick. Slow progress is still progress. Only when you begin to stand still will you stop moving forward.
5. Having a plan is more effective than proclaiming a resolution.
Determine your goals in 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month intervals – or even visualize where you want to be at the end of 2017 regarding those things you are trying to change – then put a plan in motion that will help you achieve them. Refer back to #3 as needed. This new year, try making solid commitments to yourself regarding those things you know you truly want to change, not because you need to but because you want to, then begin NOW on those things. Time waits for no one. It’s up to us to use it to our advantage rather than watch it pass us by.
What’s one thing (or three) you would like to accomplish in 2017, and how do you intend to do it? I’d love to know! Share in the comments, and let’s make every day the best day we can as we strive to move forward!
For me, I have a few ways I want to end 2017 better, more fierce than I start it, and I’ve already started putting some of that in motion. If you want to join me in this commitment, head over to Facebook and request to be a member of the Fierce Life Wellness group, Feed Your Fierce 2017. See you there!
Cheers to a life-changing new year!