I saw an article on Forbes that claimed just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.
I find this misleading. Depressing statistics like this is the reason why so many people, when you ask them if they’ve made some New Year’s Resolutions, scoff, “Naaahhhh…..I’m just going to try to do and be better.”
When people see statistics like this, it only reinforces their belief that it’s self-sabotaging to even set these high expectations on themselves, only to know that they’re probably going to fall flat on they face when they realize that it’s unattainable. After all, only 8% are successful, right?
WRONG. And I’ll tell you why–
First, I’m not kidding when I say that this is my favorite time of year. I freakin’ LOVE the new year!! It’s a time to start fresh and really get your life on track from where you fell off in the previous year. It’s a time to reflect on what you’ve been doing that has and hasn’t worked, and then resolve to keep doing the same, or to head your ass in a new direction.
Setting resolutions creates FOCUS and ATTENTION to that which you want to change! And I think it’s something that everyone can benefit from.
But to claim that only 8% achieve their New Year’s resolutions is too black and white. It disregards all the amazing progress that people make in between on their way to their goal. Can’t we get a little credit for THAT?
We are people headed down the path to better health….better credit and money management….better relationships….All because we said that we were going to. And just because we may not reach our precisely stated goal, doesn’t mean that we haven’t been holding it down!
If you’re fat, and you’ve resolved to lose 100 pounds, and you “only” drop 50 by the end of the year, can we call you a failure who hasn’t achieved her Resolution?
You’re “In Progress.” Baby steps count, as long as you’re moving in the right direction.
Don’t let some negative statistics bog you down from being clear and focused on what you want, and then going after it. Trust me, you’re going to be in a better place tomorrow, even if not the place you said you weren’t going to be.
In fact, that same article on Forbes highlighted things that those 8% did to achieve their goals, which I find valuable, such as keeping your goals simple.
By all means, go read the article. Let it guide you into healthy habits.
But just understand that your success isn’t measured in whether you meet the goal; it’s measured in the baby steps you took along the way.
Now go make some New Year’s Resolutions.
It’s time to get our lives straight.
Let’s get it.
P.S. Please feel free to leave a comment and share what you’re goals are for 2013! I’ll be sure to let you know mine!
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