It’s the same story every single year –
MILLIONS of people set new goals, dreams and intentions for the year. They want to get fit, get their finances in order, buy their dream home – and yet by the time the middle of January rolls around people slip back into their usual routines and fall off the wagon.
It’s back to the same old same old. People fall back into poor habits and continue to do the sh*t that no longer serves them.
According to U.S. News, more than 80% of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions by the second week of February.
That kinda sucks, tbh.
That’s why in today’s blog post, I’m breaking down 4 reasons WHY people fail to achieve their New Year goals every year (plus what we can do differently). Read on to find out if any of these relate to you…
Let’s get straight into it…
OUTCOMES are the result of ACTIONS, not intentions.
And the actions you perform every day are the result of your HABITS and behaviors.
If you want to see a different outcome, having the best INTENTION isn’t enough. You NEED to change your actions, which means you need to CHANGE the habit or behavior that’s causing you to ACT that way.
For example, let’s say you want to start waking up at 6:00 AM every morning.
If you get into bed at 2:00 AM after binging the newest show on Netflix on your couch for 3 hours and then set the alarm for 6 instead of 8, you’re SETTING YOURSELF UP TO FAIL.
If you REALLY wanna start waking up at 6:00 AM, stop going to sleep late. Instead, push yourself to get into bed early and think of a small incentive (like your new PJ set) to motivate you to get there. You have to WANT to achieve your dreams and desires MORE than the discomfort of doing things out of your comfort zone.
Remember friend, what got you here WON’T get you where you wanna go. If you want to see different results, you HAVE to be willing to change your lifestyle and start building new HABITS and BEHAVIORS.
Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions based on what they think they SHOULD be doing, instead of what they actually WANT to do.
For example, many people think a good New Year’s goal is to exercise daily.
BUT here’s my question –
WHY do YOU want to exercise daily?
Because you want to look good?
Because you want to improve your health?
Because you want to be a good role model for your kids?
When you set a New Year’s goal, you need to be clear on WHY you’re setting that goal for yourself, what it means to you, and what emotional, physical or mental satisfaction you’ll receive from achieving it.
Because let’s be real, sis – if you’re not CRYSTAL CLEAR on WHY you’re setting a goal, you won’t be able to stay motivated and work towards it all through the year.
So many people I talk to about their goals don’t actually follow through on them and here’s why- it’s TOO VAGUE!
You might tell yourself you wanna read more, eat healthy, or get better with money.
But these goals aren’t SPECIFIC. And here’s why that can be a problem:
So ask yourself if your 2023 goals are too vague. You have to be REALLY specific! I promise you, this will make all the difference when you’re actually in the thick of it.
#4 You don’t have a plan
You can’t set a goal and forget about it.
If you’re serious about achieving your New Year’s goals in 2023, you need to have a SOLID plan in place.
First, break your goal into smaller milestones that you’d like to achieve at different points in the year. Then list out all the things you need to do to get from one milestone to the next.
Once you’ve broken the goal down into smaller bite-sized action items, add deadlines and map it out on your calendar or planner.
Pro tip: An important aspect of planning for long-term goals is anticipating challenges and making necessary adjustments ahead of time.
For example, if you want to hit the gym every morning, you might have to tweak your schedule to wake up an hour earlier every day. Or if you want to set aside 10% of your income for your dream home, you might have to cut down on expenses and make small adjustments to your lifestyle.
Now, here’s the thing –
When you’re working towards a long-term goal, chances are you WILL slip up once or twice. But the ONLY way to stop yourself from giving up and feeling like a failure is to have a PLAN in place for when you do make a mistake.
Be okay with knowing now that you are gonna fail and slip up from time to time and that’s normal. Especially, when you’re chasing a BIG OPRAH sized goal!
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