We’re more than 3 weeks in to January. The festive season is far behind us and it’s business as usual. So, I’m going to ask the question. How are your New Year’s resolutions going?
I know. Cruel question.
The chances are you’ve already fallen off the wagon with at least one, if not all of them.
But don’t beat yourself up about it. Did you know that only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s goals? That means 92% fail, with the majority falling off the wagon by 12th January. The odds are against you.
So what does this mean? Should you jack in resolutions all together, grab a beer and settle down to watch a box set while making your way through an entire tub of Quality Street?
I’m afraid not.
The problem is not that resolutions don’t work. It’s that you don’t know how to work them.
When The Going Gets Tough…
It’s easy to make grand plans when you’re sitting in your Christmas jumper drinking whiskey and planning the year ahead. But when it comes to carrying them through, that’s when the going gets rough.
Most people set themselves too many New Year’s resolutions. So you’re going to quit smoking, do dry January, run every day and get to work an hour early? That’s some seriously high expectations.
So if you’ve fallen off the wagon so soon, the first thing to ask yourself is “Did I over commit?”
Whittle your resolutions down to just one or two key goals. This might seem restrictive, but you’re better to achieve one or two things than to fail at all of them. Give each goal a deadline and then once you reach this, and assuming you’re doing well, you can consider adding in some of the resolutions you had to bump off the list.
In The Words Of Winston Churchill…
This advice alone will boost your chances of achieving success. But the most important thing is to never give up. Fallen off the wagon? Get back on it. Fallen off again? Get back on again.
The real difference between the people who succeed and the ones who don’t is that the successful never surrender. They never give up.
It might be hard. Or boring. Or frustrating. Your mind may play tricks on you and tell you no longer want to achieve that goal anyway. But never mind. Once you have committed to achieving a goal, never surrender. Then success is inevitable.
I shall leave you with some wise words from Winston Churchill….
“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”