It feels like it was just last week we were watching the ball drop at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Party in Time Square. But… time flies and it’s already April, which means over 80% of the people who actually made resolutions this year have abandoned them.[i] The good news is the annual gym rush is over, so you’re likely done spending hours circling the parking lot or waiting for a squat rack. However, what’s disturbing is why so many people determined to better themselves, break their resolutions within a few short weeks.
There is no denying the satisfaction that comes when changing our behavior in ways that will improve our lives. Our imagination stirs with thoughts of what life will be like when we earn more money, learn a new language, improve our diet, or shed the extra weight. So why is the overwhelming outcome of these resolutions failure…?
Recently, I came across a clever mnemonic Gold’s Gym New York offered during a 2016 interview with CBS.[ii] Outlined below is the CLIFF we all face and must overcome to achieve our goals.
C – Can’t find the time.
L – Lacking a game plan to keep you going.
I – Ignoring your commitment and falling into old patterns.
F – Frustrated with lack of early results.
F – Forgetting why you started.
The points listed above may seem obvious but the first step in solving a problem is identifying there is one. Now that we know the traps that can derail our resolutions, here are some tips to keep you motivated to achieve them.
For more on establishing goals and how to include the S.M.A.R.T. criteria, check out our ALPHA NEWS article, You Can't Score Without a Goal
So if you’ve already sabotaged your New Year’s resolutions, don’t wait till next year. Get out some paper, write them down and let’s do this! If there is one thing you take away from this article, remember this…
Dream BIG and stay the course!
Co-Founder and CFO, RAM
[i] Mulvey, Kelsey. “80% Of New Year's Resolutions Fail by February - Here's How to Keep Yours.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 3 Jan. 2017, www.businessinsider.com/new-years-resolutions-courses-2016-12.
[ii] “New Study Reveals How Long New Year's Resolutions Usually Last.” CBS Philly, 9 Feb. 2016, philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/02/09/new-study-reveals-how-long-new-years-resolutions-usually-last/.
[iii] “Speak It Into Existence.” The Odyssey Online, 26 Aug. 2017, www.theodysseyonline.com/speak-into-existence.
[iv] Clear, James. “How Long Does It Actually Take to Form a New Habit? (Backed by Science).” Jamesclear.com, 2018, jamesclear.com/new-habit.