One of the most common things you do during the New Year is making New Years resolutions. But the chances are that you’ll never achieve most of your New Year’s resolution
Why? because the failure rate for those who make New Years Resolutions is a staggering ninety-five percent! That sucks.
According to a study published by the Scranton University into New Years Resolutions
- About 45% of adult Americans make New Years Resolutions
- Eight out of 100 persons who make resolutions are likely to achieve them
Why are you likely to fail in achieving your resolutions? The answer is most resolutions are done the wrong way
The good news is that you can almost always achieve all your New Years Resolutions done properly.
Before you can get to the point where you always achieve your resolutions it’s important to understand why you make them .right?
The most common reason you make resolutions is because you want to improve or make change in areas of your life that you wish changes to happen
That’s why I am not surprised when I looked at the 10 top most common New Year resolutions: they all revolve around making changes that will eventually make a difference in your health and wellbeing.
Stop Dreaming, Set A Goal
How do you avoid failing to achieve your New Years resolutions? First you must understand the difference between dreaming about what you want and actually pursuing what you want.
For example, There is nothing wrong with having a dream to becoming a millionaire.
But if you don’t move beyond dreaming about becoming rich to actually working towards becoming rich …then you are fantasising about wealth. That is why it’s important you have goals and objectives.
A dream is usually the beginning of a desire achieve something. But goals gives more meaning to your dreams. Why? Because when you set goals to achieve a dream chances are you are going to accomplish them. When you have a goal, you are likely to have a specific, action-oriented, timely and realistic attitude towards achieving your New Year Resolutions. A dream is unrealistic
Bestselling author, Brian Tracy says a goal is a dream with a deadline.
Goals and objectives are similar in meaning but with a subtle difference. The difference between a goal and an objective is that goals are broader in scope and time. Objectives are shorter in time and have a narrow focus.
Make Your New Years Resolution Objectives
An objective is used for accomplishing to short to medium term desires. Therefore, when you make New Year Resolutions, you should make them goals with short term and medium term objectives.
For example, one of the goals is to become financially independent through investing in the income-producing real estate t.
Because I have financial freedom through real estate as part of my goals…I usually have a New Year resolution that includes investing in real estate so that I can accomplish my goal of financial freedom.
When you make your Resolutions as an objective of a larger goal you have then your chances of achieving them are higher
Know Your Core Values
Before you can make resolutions that you will stick with you must know your core values.
Why? Because To actually live a happy life, you need to figure out what’s critical to you.
The more you do the things that you want, the happier you are as an individual. That is why before you make your resolutions you must know your core values.
What do I mean by core values? I mean the feeling you have about what is right and wrong that are buried deep within your heart.
What do resolutions have to do with core values? It’s all about making sure you have long term happiness. If you set goals that contradict your core values, you will wake up at the end of the year and say, ” I did I wanted to do this year. But I feel miserable”.
You don’t want to end up at the end of this year being a highly successful but unhappy person.
Bestselling author, Michael Masterson suggested a way to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of making New Year resolutions that contradict your core value.
In his book The Pledge: Your Masterplan For An Abundant Life Michael Masterson says you should imagine what the people at your funeral would truthfully say about you. Then imagine the way their words makes you feel. If you don’t feel good about the words a specific person says about you, it means that you are not living your life according to your true values.
The key to finding your core values is to ask yourself,” what would I like this person to be saying about me at my funeral?” The answers to these question will reveal your core values.
When you know your core values and set goals that align with your core values, you’ll almost always achieve your New Year Resolutions
I think I am glad I am able to say the truth to you about New Year Resolution.
I have failed several times to achieve my New Year resolutions. I have my goals sheet on my computer to remind me of my failure
I don’t think it matters anymore that I make resolutions that don’t work. Because once I figured out that the times I failed to achieve my goals were the times I dreaming instead of being specific, realistic and action-oriented… I stopped beating myself
So here’s my advice to you the next time you make your New Year Resolutions:
- Before you make your resolutions ask you “what are my core values” Why? Because your core values are what really matters to you
- For each decision, you make ask yourself “Is this resolution I am making a fantasy or a goal?” Remember when you dream you are fantasizing and being unrealistic. When you set a goal, you are making reasonable effort at accomplishing your desires
- Finally, make your resolution an objective towards achieving a goal that you are pursuing. Why? Because making your resolution, an objective gives you a timely focused effort to achieve it.
From this day forward you should never drop the ball in making your New Years Resolutions. Because you have the antidote for failing to make this year your best year ever
Bonus Reading For New Years Resolutions:
- 5o New Years resolutions ideas. I found this article useful and it was full of ideas on how to achieve your own goal
- How to improve your goal setting
- The Pledge: Your Masterplan for an Abundant Life