-A brief guide on how to put true resolve behind your New Year’s resolution!
Can you guess what the failure rate for New Year resolutions is?
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, in which a person just like you and I makes a promise to do an act of goodwill or self-improvement starting New Year’s Day.
We are all too familiar with some of these resolutions, for example:
- Lose a few pounds
- Start exercising
- Improve mental well being
- Improve financial status
- Self-improvement and personal development
- Make new friends
- Find that special person
- Read more
- Travel more, be more adventurous
- Reduce stress
- Make more money, save more money, spend less
- Find a better job
- Be more spiritual, find a connection with your creator
- Give more, volunteer and be more philanthropic
- Call your parents more often
- Grow closer to your spouse and kids
- Buy a pet
- Get more clients and customers
This list can be as long as you have goals…
With deep religious origins, ancient civilizations were well versed in the practice…
Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year. The Romans began each year by making promises to the God Janus. In the Medieval era, knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year in order to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.
But don’t worry …they also broke promises and quit on their resolutions, just like we do!
It’s been statistically calculated that by January 15th ninety five percent of us break, forget, or quit on our New Year’s resolutions.
We seemed and felt so confident, sure and optimistic about our decision. What made us doubt and fall to our knees in despair, defeated? What made us walk away with such indifference just a few days later?
We’ve all done this, there’s no point in hiding or justifying it. There’s also no point in re-living it.
I for one; and I bet you feel the same way, wanted to figure out how to beat the odds and put some serious resolve behind our New Year’s resolution.
But, we also need to first figure out why we failed in the past, so that we understand why we are not going to blow it this New Year!
Here’s why we’ve failed in the past: We weren’t asking the right questions!
Most of us when faced with a challenge or goal begin by asking just one question …and it’s a good question, but it’s also a premature one!
We ask: What do I need to do? …to lose weight, to gain weight, to make more money, to be more social, to meet more people, to have the life I want.
We focus on the “What”. This is the wrong question, at absolutely the worse time!
In the quest for success or achievement of anything, regardless of its scope, you must think strategically first!
Here are the 3 key questions you need to be asking when looking to achieve or succeed at anything:
- The “Who”
- The “Why”
- The “What”
In this order!
Who do I need to become? In your mind, what do you aspire to be? … and start modeling that behavior even if you haven’t achieved the results you want. Find a role model, a mentor, or a powerful idea and start behaving congruently with that vision and in line with your newly created identity.
Why do I want to achieve this goal? If you don’t have a strong reason to change or achieve “that” something in your life, you will quit at the first sign of push back, and believe me, life will push back! So the stronger your reasons to stay in the fight, the better your chances to not only survive but thrive in adversity. Find a powerful reason, a meaningful “Why” …and look at it every day!
What do I need to do? Now it’s time to ask this question, because your head’s in the right place! The first 2 questions get you in the right mindset. This question is about how to take massive action, set the parameters, figure out the tactics and the mechanics. What rituals and systems need to be in place for you to succeed? This question is about first organizing, and then putting in the work and action that fuels your desire.
This 3 step formula has helped me achieve things in my life I never thought I could do. Now I’m teaching to my children, my friends, my clients and to you!
I wish you Happy Holidays and a meaningful, permanent and successful New Year’s resolution!
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