Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Join the estimated 45% of Americans who usually make New Year’s resolutions.
The most popular resolutions are related to
- losing weight
- quit smoking
- getting physically fit
- eating healthier
- reducing stress
- drinking less alcohol
- saving money
- reducing debt
- getting a better job
- going back to school
- reducing, reusing and recycling
- spending more time with loved ones
The achievement of these resolutions definitely would improve anyone’s quality of life. All the motivation one needs right? Wrong! The statistics are discouraging.
Resolutions maintained through
- first week is 75%.
- past two weeks is 71%.
- past one month is 64%.
- past two months is 46%.
When all is said and done. 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions. An estimated 156 million failed resolutions.
So what goes wrong?
We make too many resolutions at one time.
Change requires time. Motivation fades then perseverance. Followed closely by procrastination. Soon you have raised your hands in surrender. Quitting before you cross the finish race.
The resolution is about what you think you should do. Convinced it will make you happy. Only to achieve the resolution to discover it lacks meaning and personal relevance.
There is no motivation or commitment due to the lack of personal relevance.
Timing is wrong. The joys of the holidays are fading. Replaced by the harsh reality of daily life.
Change is difficult mentally. The less developed prefrontal cortex handles problem solving, short-term memory and focus. All is required to achieve a resolution— goal. Unfortunately, the prefrontal cortex functions optimally for short periods of time.
Do not be discouraged. There is hope!
Come back next Tuesday to discover strategies to help you become a better version of yourself.
Thanks for listening to my voice! Feel free to like and share it with your friends.
Have a great day! Rita
Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!