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New Year’s Resolutions: Don’t let them fail!

Published on 27th Nov 17


New Year’s Resolutions: Don’t let them fail! 


This month’s Business Buddies article comes to you from our good friend and business coach, Ian Dickson...

Here’s why your New Year’s Resolutions are destined to FAIL! Plus, some things you can do to ensure they DON’T!

So, be honest, how many of your New Year resolutions did you achieve this year?

My guess is not many, if any at all... Statistically nearly 90% of us FAIL to achieve our New Year Resolutions.

No surprise then that NOT setting New Year’s Resolutions is nearly as popular as making them in the first place! Here are just five of many common reasons why we fail to achieve them.

1. Being vague

By not being specific and by being deliberately vague we are able to “let ourselves off the hook” when we are failing to achieve our goals.

2. Setting too many

It’s hard enough to make one change in our behaviour and habits, so making a long list of changes and resolutions is doomed from the start.

3. Setting complex resolutions

Even the simplest resolutions (like weight loss) can have many layers of complexity. Breaking complex goals down is the key.

4. Being over ambitious

It’s great to get excited and fired up about wanting to change the world. But there is nothing worse than setting unachievable goals. Better to not set any at all!

5. Expecting willpower alone will get you through

Willpower is our very limited ability to deny what we want now to get what we want in the future. It is greatly overestimated. It wears out easily, recovers slowly, and you always need more of it later.

My five simple ways to make your New Year’s Resolution stick:

1. Pick only one resolution at a time

2. Take small steps – break the habit change down into smaller, bitesize chunks

3. Hold yourself accountable for what you want to change: tell others or write it down

4. Focus on the carrot not the stick – positive feedback and rewards will increase your chance of success

5. Focus on the present. What’s the one thing you can do today, right now, towards your new habit?

Follow these simple steps and have an AWESOME 2018

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