Don’t Set a New Year’s Resolution This Year. Do This Instead


7 WAYS TO CREATE LASTING CHANGE IN 2022


As the clock strikes 12, the New Years resolutions kick off. You’re probably going to focus on your health this year, as many do. You go into the year with a strong visual image of how you want your year to go, but it isn’t long before 80% of you give up on your intentions, or put them aside to focus on other things.

Why is it such a challenge to stick to your resolution? Why do you even bother setting a resolution if you have such little success? What’s the best New Year’s resolution? Well, you’ll be shocked to discover that setting NO New Year’s Resolution is actually the most successful way to achieve your goal in 2022

The main reason why your NY Resolution fails to resolve comes down to a single factor. It’s your goal setting strategy. How you implement your strategy and achieve the outcomes is a long-term process, as opposed to a single commitment. When you shift your mindset from creating resolutions to making long lasting change, your rate of success increases dramatically

WHY MAKE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?


We look at New Year’s Eve as a chance for a fresh start. That’s why we create resolutions. We all have facets of our lives we want to change, and our resolutions are certainly authentic. But we make these resolutions with festive spirits, without putting a huge amount of thought to them

Resolutions are great for identifying what we’re unhappy with, but we often don’t think more deeply about the real reasons we’re feeling unhappy or unfulfilled. That’s why, a few weeks or months into the new year, we give up, asking ourselves, “What is the point of New Year’s resolutions anyway?” Then we feel terrible about our lack of progress, and can lead to even worse behaviour


WHY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FAIL


How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution, and which of your resolutions have you actually achieved? Many New Year’s resolutions fail because we’re merely looking for a new experience, and we haven’t truly committed to real change.


It’s easy to say you’d like to have a better love life with your partner, but what are you really committed to doing in order to make that resolution a reality? Do you actually just want to go on more date nights, or do you truly want to create a deeper, more meaningful bond?


The truth is that most resolutions aren’t just a matter of doing something once or twice. Transforming your life requires deep self-reflection, overcoming limiting beliefs and building new habits. The best New Year’s resolutions are about setting goals and making a dedicated plan to achieve them.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS VS. GOALS


So, what are the best New Year’s resolutions? Before you answer that, realise the difference between a resolution and a goal. A resolution is a decision to NOT do a specific behaviour, like eating ice cream before bed. A goal is a series of calculated steps designed to help you achieve the resolution, like starting a meditation practice at bedtime. By this definition, it may be more straightforward to think of goals as the planned-out process of achieving your resolution. In other words, your resolution is your desired outcome, while your goals are the steps you must take to accomplish it.

Goals, not resolutions, are the key to long-term growth and success. And the secret to setting compelling goals is knowing why it is you want what you want. Finding purpose and meaning in your goals. Creating deep goals will help you stay inspired, even when times get tough.


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HOW TO MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS STICK


No New Year’s resolutions are possible without a strategy for achieving them. Resolutions, like goals, become more attainable when you streamline your goal-setting process. When you’re having trouble reaching your resolutions, you need a way to achieve your goals no matter what. Instead of hardened resolve, you need a plan. Here’s how to replace resolutions with objectives that work.

1. DECIDE AND COMMIT TO MAKING A CHANGE

Change doesn’t come easily. It can take months to build a new habit, yet we give up on resolutions in just a few weeks. That’s because we aren’t really willing to change our lifestyles – and all the trendy resolutions in the world won’t work for you unless you’re in the mindset of true change. Make the decision now that you’re going to change some aspect of your life, and then commit to making it happen.

2. DOCUMENT WHAT YOU WANT


Should you make New Year’s resolutions? Instead of merely resolving to change a behaviour, write down your goal! Not on a computer, but on paper or a Journal. Writing something down in a physical notebook can help you remember it better later on. Getting crystal clear on what you want and having it documented is the best way to get in the right state to achieve your goals. You’ll be able to truly hone in on your goal once you see it in front of you.

3. GET CLEAR ON THE WHY


Your New Year’s resolution might be to lose weight, but why? Do you want to feel more energetic? Do you want to look better to improve your self-esteem? Do you want to live longer?

Understand not just the short-term outcome you want, but the true purpose of your goal. When you understand why you want your goal, you will find a way to achieve it – even when things get challenging. With no New Year’s resolutions to create performance anxiety, you’re free to make incremental changes that cumulate in achieving your goal.

4. FIND ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY AND TAKE ACTION

It’s okay to have no idea how you are going to accomplish your goal when you’re first starting out. But regardless of how far along you are in your plan to achieve your goal, you must operate from a mindset of absolute belief in the power of change. That’s the key to success: even when you set goals strategically, no New Year’s resolutions are achievable without dedication.

In your mind, if you have no choice but to succeed – if achieving your goal becomes an absolute must – then nothing else matters. You’ll do whatever it takes to get there. Sacrifices won’t even be a question, and all excuses will go out the window

5. MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS

The main reason why New Year’s resolutions fail is that they are not specific enough. While it’s always good to dream big, you need to break those dreams down into SMART GOALS. Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and anchored within a Time frame allow you to track your progress and are key to success.

If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthier, how will you measure it? Is it making a certain number of meals at home each week instead of eating out? Is it walking 10 000 steps a day? Set a reasonable timeline for your goals and measure your progress along the way.

6. KEEP GOING

As you move forward on your journey, know that there will be challenging times. What is the point of a New Year’s resolution if it doesn't help you develop perseverance? When faced with a setback, or if you feel that you’ve failed completely, don’t give up! Move forward and ask yourself, “What will it cost me if I don’t accomplish this goal?” Am I missing out on being happy this year, will I disappoint my children or miss out on living the life that I want? You’ll turn obstacles into opportunity in no time.

7. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS

By turning even the best New Year’s resolutions into goals, you’re operating out of a can-do mindset instead of kicking yourself for your shortcomings. So don’t forget to celebrate every success along the way, even the small ones. Small steps become enjoyable, since you’re not burdened with a perfectionistic outcome far on the horizon. You can then build on those achievements to create a cycle of success

There are many tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions, but the main one is this: Don’t merely tie goals to the new year because everyone else is doing it. Real change comes when you know your outcome and commit to making your goals a reality. Learning to set and achieve goals is a great habit that few master in their lifetimes. Get everything you want this year, and every year, by deciding to set and achieve goals that matter to you.


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