Several years ago I made a resolution to end all resolutions. It was the only resolution I ever kept.
And when I say it was the resolution to end all resolutions, I meant it literally. I resolved not to make any more resolutions….. and I didn’t.
80% of people who make New Years Resolutions fail.
That is a huge percentage against you. Many rashly make resolutions either in the spirit of the holiday or just in the spirits. They make it based on how they feel about themselves after the holidays. It immediately sets them up to fold. To others Resolutions may appear rather noble in the moment but once things settle down, the word suddenly becomes intimidating. They think they will never achieve such a rash objective so why try?
So what is a better way to achieve big ambitions?
- Make them small ambitions. Baby steps. Break them down into attainable goals. Instead of losing 50 pounds by 2017, strive to lose 5 pounds by the end of January.
- Have a plan! Write down your plan into smaller steps and keep track of your progress!
- Remember a slip-up is not a failure. Get back up on that horse and ride again!
- Get a posse. A girl, and even a guy, needs support. Gather a few friends and discuss your goals and ask them to keep you accountable to those goals. Be honest with them. Facebook is full of support groups and you could probably google some others. Just be careful what information you put out there.
- Keep a journal or, better yet, a blog! Chronicle your triumphs and failures.
- Every month, reevaluate your goals. Change what is not working and tweak what is.
- Once a month, give yourself a small award. It could be a manicure, a book, a day off or anything that would be restful or bring joy.
- Remember this promise from God: For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11