Is Your New Year’s Resolution a New Year’s Dissolution?
It’s When “Ben Puttin’ It Off ” Meets the “Round Tuit”
Over the next few weeks, you are going to be privy to an onslaught of ads trying to peddle products to “help” with every new year’s resolution imaginable.
Getting healthy is the top priority but around 92% will fail.
However, losing weight and getting healthy in general are some of the most easily and commonly broken resolutions. That means only about 8% will succeed.
Let’s think about this–it’s an epidemic: resolving to make a change, followed by trying, followed by failing, followed by a new set of promises that starts the cycle over again.
- Lose weight
- Decrease alcohol use
- Exercise more and more often
- Eat healthy food
- Get organized
- Save money to travel more
- Manage stress
Now, here’s an interesting fact: The top four are all about getting healthier but they are generally the most easily and commonly broke self-promises.
But why? Why can’t 9 out of 10 people make it happen?
Remember in the movie “A Few Good Men” when the old, crusty Colonel (Jack Nicholson) yelled at the young, brash attorney (Tom Cruse)…”You can’t handle the truth!”
Why are so many New Years resolutions doomed to fail from the start?
Well, here is the The Cold, Hard Truth of Why Most New Years Resolutions Fail
Here is my short list of the biggest and deadliest reasons why 92% of us just can’t make it happen:
You don’t want it bad enough.
Don’t make a resolution just because others do or someone thinks you should. Do you want to lose that extra weight or was it somebody else’s idea? You gotta want it in a huge way or… what’s the point?
Your resolution is too vague.
Get specific! When you commit to losing weight, exercising more, worrying less–what does that actually mean? How much, when, where? Break it down to make it real.
Your goals are unrealistic.
Lets say you want to lose 50 pounds. You look at that number and think, “Damn, that’s a lot. How can I possibly do that this year!” You immediately set yourself up for failure. That goal is a huge balloon that you let go of and it goes away.
You don’t have a plan.
You want to save $2500 or $5000 or whatever number this year. You want to be able to do a 10k this summer. How do you get there? If you don’t know, then you’re not ready.
No one is holding you accountable.
You may have friends and/or family that are aware of your resolutions but they are usually met with a raised eyebrow. They themselves know the odds of success–after all, they’ve been there, also. However, they are generally supportive but they also tip-toe around, not wanting to upset the apple cart.
You didn’t budget for it.
The majority of the people set up some lofty goals without considering there are some other numbers they forgot to consider. What’s the monthly financial cost of sticking to your resolution going to be? If you haven’t accounted for these, your best efforts may be thwarted by your bank account.
If all of this feels pretty depressing, worry not! Creating resolutions that last is actually pretty simple when you have a well-defined, actionable plan. Resolutions are rarely easy, and let’s be honest, most of them wouldn’t be so worthwhile if they were, but mix in a few psychological hacks to trick yourself into staying on target and getting to your goal will be that much easier.
In my next “thump” (blog), I will give you some simple ways to be part of the 10% that actually succeed with their new years resolutions!
Please stay tuned!