With the new year soon upon us, many of us will begin to consider what major change we are going to make in our lives for 2017. But, before we make our New Year’s Resolution Facebook post or send out that tweet, we ought to consider the following questions?
- Is 2017 going to be just like last year?
- Did I keep my New Year’s Resolution for 2016?
- Some of us might even need to ask, “What was my New Year’s Resolution for 2016?”
That last question is what prompted this article. Here are Five (5) reasons we aren’t making a New Year’s Resolution for 2017 and what we are doing instead.
1. New Year’s Resolution Frenzy:
2017 is just around the corner and almost everyone “wants” to get into shape, go on a diet, work harder, take control of their impulsive spending, get a better paying job and be a better spouse. However, we had these very same “resolutions” in 2016, 2015 and yes, even in 2014. Instead of making the same “resolution” on January 1st, we have decided to neglect the New Year’s Resolution Frenzy and to write down all those things we would like to achieve in 2017. Then, we will use the BestYouPRO International Goal Setting Template and create our official goals list. We will keep this with us throughout the next twelve months and read it at least once per day.
2. New Year’s Resolution vs New Year’s Goals
Napoleon Hill in his stalwart work “Think and Grow Rich” wrote, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Often times, our New Year’s Resolutions are nothing more than casual utterances into the universe. All the same, this is better than making them mere posts on our social media time-lines. With the passing of time, our posts sink into the abyss of cyberspace and our new year’s resolution is forgotten. Instead of adding our new year’s resolution to our time-lines, we strive to write out at least three goals for each of the major aspect of our lives and the time by which we would want to achieve it. We created the free Goal Design Workbook to help with this.
Brian Tracy, the leading Author on personal and professional development encourages us to set goals that meet the three the ‘P’ (3P) criteria.
1. Our goals must be Personal – We must always start our goals with “I”
2. Our goals must be in the Present tense – We must write our goals as though they have already been achieved.
3. Our goals must be Positive – We get what we want by focusing on what WE WANT, not on what we DON’T WANT. Our goals must be written in a positive form.
Here is an example: “I consistently eat a health diet and weigh 150 pounds by September 31, 2017.”
3. Positive Vs Negative New Year’s Resolution
We have noted that our new year’s resolutions tend to mostly be negative. We say, we don’t want to continue smoking, that we don’t want to continue eating unhealthily, that we want to loose weight, etc. However, we do not note our achievements of the year that has passed. We encourage ourselves by focusing on those things that we did well over the previous twelve months and to let that encourage us. One of the things we began to do in 2015 was to write an Achievement Report for the previous year. This habit has served as encouragement for the 2016 year and has helped to motivate us during our low times. It has helped us to faced the next day with a positive attitude.
4. Delaying Our New Year’s Resolution
Another reason we do not make new year’s resolutions is procrastination. Many of us might be able to attest to the fact that the thought of our New Year’s Resolution begin to enter our minds as early as Christmas morning. However, we delayed taking action on the idea, putting it off until New Year’s Day. Now it may not seem like it, but we are inadvertently feeding the habit of procrastination. Thus, if your New Year’s Resolution was to “Be More Action-Oriented, i.e., Procrastinate less” then you are already setting yourself up to fail, and not in a good way.
Since 2014, I have had so many ideas, each of which I have written down with the intention to actionize. In 2016, I learned the value in TAKING ACTION, it is the single lesson that revolutionized my life. I am still working on some of those ideas from 2014.
5. We Almost Never Keep Our New Year’s Resolution
Finally, and possibly the most important reason we do not make New Year’s Resolutions is that we almost never keep them beyond January. According to Behavioural Psychologist James Clear (www.jamesclear.com), it takes about sixty six (66) days to form a new habit. Therefore, unless we can make it to March, at the very least, we are guaranteed to fail.
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