The Life and Death of New Year’s Resolutions

As 2017 started you likely got your sights set on all the ways this year would be better. You told yourself you would commit to a new workout plan. You would start eating healthier. You would read more. You would travel. You would finally start that new business. The “New year, new you” mentality took over and January 1 became this magical day of rebirth–until reality set in.

A University of Scranton study says that January 15th is the beginning of the end for New Year’s resolutions. By this day as many as 71 percent have given up on the commitment for a new change. Further of their statistics show that by February 9th another 21 percent have dropped off, leaving only 8 percent of all people setting resolutions go on to achieve success.

Why do so many people fail to follow through with their resolutions? There are a number of factors that come into play, but the biggest reason is that we skip the planning phase and reply on willpower as an infinite resource. We use up our precious motivation and focus everyday tasks that have already deemed necessary, and therefore, resolutions get pushed to the back-burner.

The Canadian Psychological Association’s Strategy for Canada’s Healthy Living poll looked specifically at health-related goals, which account for the two of the top five New Year’s resolutions in Canada. Their research found that less than 20 percent of people hit their health goals. The common denominator for the group that fell short was relying on willpower alone and lacking motivation to create new, healthier habits. These obstacles do not only apply to health goals but about all goals we make for change.

Finding ways to increase your motivation and focus will help you get back on track, revive the resolutions you set, and finally get the results you want. whether you are striving for better health, better fitness, better relationships, better finances or a better business, here are three great ways to help you get motivated and get focused:

  1. Narrow it down to ONE thing
    Psychologists at the Canadian Psychological Association suggest that people that focus on just one goal at a time. Trying to split your focus between numerous goals will stretch your motivation too thin.Take only one goal and list all the new habits needed to achieved the outcome you want. i.e; Buy a new car is going to require money saving habits, research habits and scheduling habits so you have time to shop, test drive etc.

    Once you have created one new habit and that habit is fully ingrained, you can move on to another goal/habit if you want to continue riding the wave of resolution success.

  1. Plot out your plan for success
    Setting a goal is just the first step in making it happen. To realize your resolution you’ll need to break your one goal down into smaller, actionable steps.From your list of goals and break down of new habits needed to achieve your goal, start planning the steps to move forward from right now to accomplishment, integrating the new habits into daily actions. i.e; Getting fit requires healthy eating habits which will require available healthy food choices. So, I will go grocery shopping every Monday so I have fresh selection to chose from. I will meal plan all meal for the next seven days and stick to my plan.

    Creating pathways for success has been ingrained in Change My Life Coaching’s culture and work with our clients. We use many resources and tools to help our clients and ourselves plan out our desired goals.

  1. Gather resources and ask for help to set yourself up for success
    Goal setting, prioritizing and planning can be overwhelming. Anticipating, accepting and planning for challenges can be deflating.Gather resources to help brainstorm ideas and strategies by researching on the internet, asking friends and colleagues for help or attend goal setting workshops. Not only can these things help with focus but also can help jumpstart your motivation.

 

Change My Life Coaching is holding an online, six week Get Motivated, Get Focused workshop, starting February 27, 2017. Over the course of six weeks, we will help you:

  • Learn tactics on how to get motivated and stay motivated
  • Prioritize goals in the correct way leading to increased focus
  • Have a detailed plan on achieving goals, dreams or bucket list
  • Overcome obstacles that get in the way of achievement

For more information on Get Motivated, Get Focused Online, check out bettermotivationonline.eventbrite.ca.

What separates the 8 percent from the rest? They know how to set goals, how to set priorities and stay focused, they create new habits, plan for success and create strategies for overcoming obstacles. They leverage support from friends and professionals on how to achieve more of the results they want from life.

What group will you fall into? Can you revive your resolutions? What goals will you accomplish in 2017? Or will your resolutions die till another New Year?


Kerry Webster is an Authenticity and Vulnerability Coach with Change My Life Coaching. With a background in Social Work and Human Resources and over 17 years of experience, Kerry has helped many people through complex life stage changes, communication and conflict strategies, boundary steeting and assertiveness development, self-discovery, family of origin dynamics, addiction issues, goal achievement focus, health and wellness plans, career development, parenting challenges and relationship building. You can see Kerry’s full bio under the Coaches page at www.changemylifecoaching.ca or contact her at kwebster@changemylifecoaching.ca.

 

 

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