Did you make a New Year’s resolution? Join the estimated 45% of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions.
What is the success rate of a New Year’s resolution?
- the 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.
What can you do this year to beat the odds?
Make a plan.
The less developed prefrontal cortex handles problem solving, short-term memory and focus. All required to achieve a resolution— goal. Unfortunately, the prefrontal cortex functions optimally for short periods of time. Making it almost impossible for the brain to remain focus unless an abstract goal is tied to a specific behavior.
Identify your ultimate goal.
Choose only one and be specific. The one that is most important to you. Makes your heart skip a beat.
Identify the baby steps— behaviors that will help you achieve your ultimate goal.
Making small, incremental changes increases your chance of success by 50%. Going cold turkey ensures failure. Reevaluate these behaviors on an ongoing basis. Delete and add behaviors as needed.
Positive feedback is powerful when establishing new habits.
Tell some of your friends or family about the resolution and the baby steps— behaviors. Also, write it down— keep a journal. Documenting what you accomplish will increase the likelihood of success.
Build into your plan a reward for daily and/or weekly success.
Pick a reward that is pleasurable.
Remember, change is not reserved for January 1. You can begin the transformation journey anytime.
Just do it!
One day at a time.
If you fail one day, awake the next morning and resume the journey.
Whatever you do.
NEVER GIVE UP!
Be a VOICE shouting into the wilderness.
“CHRIST is returning!”