It’s been a little over 2 months since most of us dutifully made our annual list of promises to improve our lives somehow.
We either pledged to do more of something or less of it.
We either resolved to take on a new life perspective, foster a healthier habit, increase our income, develop six pack abs or, for me, learn how to fold a fitted sheet properly.
And how are those resolutions going so far?
Some of us are staying strong and following through while others are limping along doing our best when we can, or when we remember.
Why do so many of us fail to stick to our New Year’s resolutions?
- Unrealistic goal setting: maybe asking too much of ourselves given our personal capacity or choosing goals that are too lofty or too vague.
- Time management: maybe not enough consideration of how much time it would take to realistically devote to these new goals in the way it was intended.
Researchers say that we’re more likely to stick to our New Year’s resolutions when there’s “an immediate reward”. We all like to see the success of our work sooner than later.
So, maybe making our goals more specific and breaking them down into manageable chunks is a way to guarantee a longer lasting commitment.
Remember that goals and resolutions can be rewritten and modified at any time.
Today might be as good a day as any to reexamine those New Year promises.
*And then there’s the 3-month rule. In very small print at the bottom of your list of New Year’s resolutions, there is a disclaimer. It’s an escape clause that clearly states that if you haven’t been working on your goals by now and don’t think you’ll be able to by the end of the year, you are then completely absolved from any responsibility or guilt to uphold your commitment to your resolutions.
I think I made that up.
M.Ed, Mental Health Counselor, Advanced Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, Author of eBook, Finding Happiness Even Without a Fairy tale Childhood
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