It’s the last week in March. Almost 3 months since New Year’s Day. The day you resolved to…(you finish the sentence). What were your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you even remember? If you are like most of us, you’ve long given up on them. According to a study done at the University of Scranton, 75% make it through week one, 71% last 2 weeks, 64% last a full month, 46% make it to 6 months but only 8% get to the one year mark. 8%!!! WOW! That’s so sad to me! When you think about it, resolutions are your dreams for the coming year and most of us didn’t last 6 months. So what happened? A thing called life!
Here are some reasons you may have given up and ways you can get back on track:
- No support – Most of us try to go it alone. We forget that a support system helps to hold us up, keep us accountable and gives us a cheering squad! Get an accountability partner. Someone who will help you stay on track but not beat you up!
- Unrealistic goals – “I want to lose 100 pounds by May.” or “I want to be making a 6 figure income in 6 months.” Are your goals too big? It’s okay to have big goals but realize it won’t happen over night and it’s best to break them down into smaller, more manageable ones that will help you see success along the way.
- Give up too easy – The excitement wears off, life happens and before you know it you’ve given up. How can you keep the desire going? Set benchmarks throughout the year to keep you on task. Keep your goals in front of you; write them down and post them where you will see them everyday.
- Time management – Ouch!! This one is SO hard for me. I work full-time and have a 45 minute commute each way. By the time I get home…I’m toast! So what I’m trying to do is workout in the morning before work and utilize my drive time each way. I’ll listen to motivational stuff in the morning and talk to clients in the afternoon. I’m devoting an hour when I get home to health coaching and blogging and after that is my time with my husband. Do you have a long commute? Use it to listen to audio books or brainstorm. Can you get up a few minutes earlier to work out? Make a calendar for each day if need be. A big stealer of time is Social Media. Be intentional with your time on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter (or whatever your preference is).
- No plan – If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Make a plan, set smaller incremental goals that will help you reach your ultimate goal. Write it down. There’s something about writing out your plan that helps to cement them in your mind.
- Wrong perspective – Most people will only look at the final destination and while it is important to keep it in mind, you must see all of your accomplishments along the way. If you want to lose 100 pounds, it’s going to take time. Look at the milestones along the way…more energy, smaller clothes, less cravings, better sleep, higher self-esteem. Don’t miss the good stuff while on the journey. Don’t focus on what you haven’t accomplished yet, instead look at what you HAVE accomplished.
- Believe in yourself – I have said it before and I’ll say it again. This is the MOST important thing you can do. This is the key to your success. you HAVE to believe you can accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Don’t beat yourself up but instead give yourself grace when you slip up. Vince Lombardi once said “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” That’s something to live by! Do your best, believe in yourself, don’t give up and you will reach your goals!
So what if you’ve gotten off track, lost sight of your goals or just given up? Whose to say you can’t start again? Every day is a fresh start! Begin again, set new goals…start dreaming again. Remember even baby steps are moving you forward.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope this has been helpful. I’d love to hear how you’ve overcome any obstacles you’ve had or ideas that you’ve heard about. Let me know what you do to stay on track (or get back on track).