Did you know this week we celebrated National Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day? Are you one of those people? Did you make a deal with yourself on January 1st then just couldn’t quite keep it? The struggle is real and you are not alone. According to Statistic Brain, 41% of us set those New Year’s Resolution, but only 9.2% of us felt successful in achieving resolutions.
So why is it so hard to make resolutions stick? Here are three reasons that resolutions don’t stick and how to get back on board:
- “I feel overwhelmed, so I just gave up”. If you gave up on the resolution because it was too big and overwhelming it probably needs a little fine tuning. If you really want to accomplish something it needs to be actionable and feel good along the way. If you are in the overwhelmed camp, head on over to our SMART goals post and rework your resolution. It most likely needs to be more specific and measurable. Our printable can help you work out any of the kinks and get you back on board with your resolution.
- “I slipped up and had a bad day”. And that is ok! No one expects you to be perfect. We all have slip ups. Just because you had one bad day doesn’t mean you aren’t on track to success. The best thing to do if you are in the ”I slipped” camp, look back at why you slipped, be mindful of how you felt in that moment and make a change so that doesn’t happen again. Let the slip up be a reset, and try again the next day.
- “Change is hard. I don’t know if I really need to do this.” At this point in January you might be feeling some self doubt and find yourself justifying why you don’t need to pursue your resolution because it feels hard. Don’t listen! Your brain likes to work on auto pilot. It wants to be lazy. When you set a goal to change a habit all your neurons are putting in extra effort to rewire your brain. Those little voices may tell you to stop, but just keep at it. Studies show that new habits take 18-54 days to become automatic behaviors. So stick with it and believe in yourself.
At Summer Springboard our goal is to help you be successful. We will help you keep those New Year’s resolutions with an action plan and get on track to success. And the truth is, January 1st is just a day. Any day is a good day to set a goal, make a plan and get after it. This summer can be your new beginning. We can give you the tools to be successful and proud of yourself!
Look inward. Go Upward.