Welcome to the New You. We hear this talked about every January. The gyms become full, people make new promises to themselves (or sometimes the same ones as last year) and ‘resolve’ to change.
Here’s the truth, half us don’t even make New Year’s resolutions anymore. After years of not keeping them, we give up.
- Of the people that do make resolutions, 1 out of 4 quit within two weeks!
The majority of 40+ year olds don’t even bother anymore. Maybe we’re happier with ourselves. If you’re over 40 like me, we don’t need a new job, we’ve found our career. We don’t have to find love, we’ve loved, we’re on our second marriage. We don’t need to get healthier because we’re not trying to impress anyone. Ok, even I didn’t believe that one.
Yes, most people in their 20s still make New Year resolutions but maybe it’s because they are still optimistic. You believe in true love. You believe you can find a career you’re passionate about. And yes, you can get in shape. 30 somethings…you’re split, half will-half won’t.
Here are the…
Top Three New Year’s Resolutions:
- Lose weight/get healthy
- Get organized
- Improve finances.
These are good goals, life-improving things.
Why we should all believe we can change and make New Year’s Resolutions.
- Of the people who DO make New Year’s resolutions only 17% keep them all year.
Pretty bleak. Why even try?…because 17 out of 100 people do actually make life changes and they’re no better than you and me. What do these people who keep their resolutions have that most people don’t? A plan. Plain and simple, a plan to change.
Success is built by making a few right-decisions, daily.
My wife Joanne and daughter Christy made a simple resolution to not drink soda for a whole year. Their plan was simple. First, get soda out of the house. Second, decide on alternatives now before going to restaurants (iced tea or water). Bring water or flavored water when you go to friends’ houses. Last, keep each other accountable. Don’t underestimate the power of someone helping. For fun, I provided an incentive. $100 on New Year’s Day when you complete it.
Here’s the thing, they both can drink soda now, but really don’t desire it any more. One year gave them a good health change.
When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3
It’s not too late. If you’ve never been successful with a resolution (or any other goal) try again. If you made a New Year’s Resolution and already broke it, it’s just a date on the calendar. Start again, but with a solid plan this time.
1. Write Your Resolution Down
2. Make a Plan
3. Get an Accountability Partner
4. Make the Decision Daily
Don’t think about the whole year, one-day-at-a-time works. I’m going to work out today. I’m going to organize my inbox today. I’m going to put money into savings today.
If you say, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” tomorrow never comes. It turns into a new today where we say, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Think about today and before you know it, a year will go by.
And before you know it, you’ll be a New You.