For 2011 you should commit to one and only and your very last New Yearâ€™s Resolution. Â A resolution â€˜Not to Make Any New Yearâ€™s Resolutionsâ€™ ever again. Â Before I get into reasons why New Yearâ€™s Resolutions never work, jog your memory a little bit and try to recall the last time you actually saw one through? Majority of people have abandoned their New Yearâ€™s Resolutions very early on. Â Be it to stop swearing or get fitter in the New Year, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve dropped and F-bomb here and there or skipped your workouts. Â New Yearâ€™s resolution do not work because:
There are no deadlines. Most of the New Yearâ€™s Resolutions sound like this: This Year I will… In the New Year I am… the problem with this is that there are no deadlines set for your goals to be accomplished by. Â This can backfire and will give you a reason to procrastinate.
There are no specific goals. Wen we set New Year Resolutions, they tend to be vague. Â Youâ€™ll have a better chance of succeeding if you set specific goals. Â So instead of saying I will start running in the New Year, you need to re-phrase it so that the statement includes your goals. For example, in January I want to run at least 3 miles a week, in February 5 miles a week and so on. Â With this plan, each month you will have new goals to hit and motivation to achieve them.
There are no repercussions. In Â business world and other aspects of regular life there are consequences if certain goals or deadlines arenâ€™t met. The fear of these consequences keeps us motivated to complete a project, close a sale and ensure trash is out to the curb by 7am. Â But when we set New Yearâ€™s Resolutions, we never set consequences for ourselves should we fail to achieve our goals in the New Year.
Lack of motivational reinforcement. As the year goes on, our motivation to keep up our Resolution fizzles away. Â We forget why we originally decided to get fit and what the specific motivating factors were. Â Just as you are to make a plan of action to accomplish your New Yearâ€™s Resolution you also need to think about how you plan on motivating yourself through the year.
Lack of authentic desire to change. New Yearâ€™s Resolutions are very artificial. Just because itâ€™s a New Year, new month and a new day it doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s only time of the year to start making changes in your life. Â You can start making new resolutions and setting goals for yourself any time of the year. Â A genuine desire to change and improve will help you achieve your goals and keep you motivated through the year.