The New Year has arrived, which means 40-50% of adults in America have made a New Year’s resolution. But, did you know only 8% of people who set New Year’s goals actually achieve them? Why?
Most people set one or two goals that are unreasonable and unattainable. For example, wanting to lose 100 pounds is a great goal to work towards but is it realistic?
The other way we set ourselves up for failure is by trying to have goals that we don’t believe in. What do we mean? These goals are the ones we think society wants us to set like trying to run a marathon. Before deciding on New Year’s resolutions you need to be honest with yourself about what you want to achieve and what the practical steps are you can take to reach that goal.
Remember, SMART goals? It stands for:
These are great goals to set because they break down goals into smaller pieces. Need some examples of SMART goals? Check out easy resolutions to improve your life.
It’s also helpful to have a good support system that will help you work towards your goal or call you out when you’re slacking. Maybe try having a text group with some friends who are working towards similar goals to keep you all on track. Or, try a standing phone date with a family member to chat through goals to keep you motivated. Find what works for you and stick with it!
There are also things you can do internally to stay motivated:
- Accept yourself when you’ve failed or slip up. Once we drop the ball on some mini goals, we begin to think that we have failed enough so we should give up but failing is part of the process.
- Don’t get swept up into too much positive thinking. You want to make sure you are staying positive, but realistic.