How to Keep Faith With Your New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year fast approaches we all feel hopeful. If anything, a New Year represents a new beginning. And we all hope that this will be our best one yet, or, at least, a very good one; the one when our sincerest wishes/dreams will finally materialize.

In this spirit, we make our New Year’s resolutions; how this year we will become fit, adopt a healthy lifestyle, lose the extra weight we haven’t managed to lose in our countless previous attempts, be more social, more confident, more assertive, make more money, get a better job, you name it.

And as good as it feels when we make these resolutions, how optimistic we are that we will make it happen this time, we all know what actually happens down the road, we give up!

As disappointing as this is, unfortunately, as much as we can’t see it at the time, it is also inevitable. But why? Why do we set ourselves up for this disappointment? And why can’t we simply remain dedicated and actually achieve out goals for the New Year?

The problem with New Year’s resolutions – and resolutions to ‘get in better shape’ in general, which are very amorphous – is that people try to adopt too many behavioral changes at once. It doesn’t work. I don’t care if you’re a world-class CEO – you’ll quit.

Tim Ferriss

The reason is that our resolutions are usually unrealistic. They are more happy wishes and daydreams than actual, achievable goals.

It probably feels better when we say that this year we will become the fittest person who ever lived, than if we said that this year we will gradually become this little much fitter than we were, run this little more distance, lift this little more weight; planning at the same time for the work that needs to be done, the time and effort it will take. In the first case though, we are pretty much guaranteed to give up and end up disappointed, while, in the second case we are likely to succeed and boost our confidence, which will propel us further forward.

If we really want to see our New Year’s resolutions to the end, the key then is to set realistic goals. These goals must also be specific, and we must have a clear plan on how we’re going to achieve them. The bigger our goal the more it must be subdivided in smaller successive steps that will gradually, and in good time, lead to our end goal. We must have patience, consistency, and we must not compare ourselves to anyone else but our own self from yesterday.

Trying to change before you’re ready isn’t likely to be productive. For example, most New Year’s resolutions don’t last because people spring into action without being prepared for the work it’s going to take. Forcing change based on a date on the calendar, rather than a true readiness to transform, can be a setup for failure.

Amy Morin

And if your goal for the New Year is to build your own online business, become economically independent, while working on your own schedule and location, then you know what to do.

Happy New Year to all and to all a prosperous New Year!

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