15 Ways to Re-Launch Your New Year’s Resolutions
The most common resolution for 2016 is losing weight, according to a new poll. This is not really shocking because, officially, 69 percent of Americans, who are older than 20, are overweight. It’s common knowledge that most people fail to follow through with their plans for more than a few weeks. A study now shows proof. Adult Americans eat even more calories a day between January 2 and March 12 than they do over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.
Most resolutions fail by February. Only 8 percent of the people who made them succeeded. “First, people get excited about a goal, but then feel overwhelmed when they picture this giant end result,” Julie Melillo, Life Coach in Manhattan, says. Too many tasks can easily lead to overload and eventual activity-freeze. “Some people try to do too much, too soon,” Melillo says. “Then they feel crushed when they fall short of their goal and give up. We want to go to the gym once and have a six-pack […] but it doesn't work that way, and then people feel disappointed, thinking they don't have what it takes. However, successful people persevere over years through many challenges and obstacles.”
The second reason is that people may choose a goal that they don't resonate with, “because they think they ‘should’ want that thing,” Melillo says. Ask yourself why you want something and keep reminding yourself the answer. “Connecting with that usually creates a great deal of passion and motivation for taking action.”
This is part of the “Setting yourself up for success” system, according to Anna Tsui, Transformational Life Coach. “Take 30 minutes and a piece of paper, and write down what you really need to make this goal happen,” she says. You have to create an environment for success. Setting goals that were not defined properly to begin with is another problem.
There are many ways you can put this “false start” behind you and get back on track. You don’t have to wait 11 months to start over. This year can still be the one where you turn everything around. Part of the process is having a realistic plan. Most importantly, it includes realizing that you will want to quit every single day and that getting the final result is a slow but worthy endeavor. So don’t commit only to making resolutions, commit yourself to following through. Temptations sneak in from everywhere. Prepare well so it’s not difficult to keep the promises you made to yourself.
But how do you do that in an exciting, meaningful and practical way? The secret is perseverance, not flawlessness. You are allowed some exceptions and many rewards.
Scrap whatever you set out to achieve a month ago, reconsider your strategy and design a new plan. In fact, this should be a process you go over often. Aim to achieve your goal by May instead of December. This way you are not putting yourself in a situation where you can say “Oh, I have lots of time,” which can almost certainly lead to loss of focus and, eventually, an unaccomplished objective.
Success depends on plan and will. Get them right from the start and you’re on your way to victory.