“Hurray!!! It’s a new year. It’s 2017!”
These are the exact words I hear as I walk past some beautifully decorated streets in my neighborhood.
Wow! It’s a new year. A year we all believe would correct our previous wrongs. A year we hope will be far better, more fruitful, and juicier than the former. And, a year we plan to work hard towards breaking the habits that have long kept us away from obtaining an inner peace.
But, as a tradition, the year won’t be in any way new if we don’t make new resolutions. (Yes! A new year requires some life-changing decisions). And to avoid overworking our brain, we head to the drawer, pick up a new notebook (or diary), then make a long list of habits we would like to break–and a few others we hope to build.
Sounds familiar? I bet so.
Being filled with joy about the many breakthroughs we hope we would achieve in the New Year, we often tend to forget something important:
It doesn’t end in making resolutions. The main task is STICKING to them.
Believe me: Your New Year resolutions for 2017 would fail. Or, maybe, might fail; if you don’t make some necessary corrections from now.
I’ve made several resolutions over the years. Unfortunately, I’ve stuck to only a few (while the rest keeps spilling over to the next year). And, from experience, I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t.
Fortunately for you, you don’t have to make the same errors I made in the past. You can make your resolutions for 2017 stand. But, there are several things you must note.
Want to know why your new year’s resolutions for 2017 would fail (as usual)? Well, I’ll tell you.
Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 Would Fail
1. You Aren’t Ready to Make a Change
Did you peep into your friend’s “book of resolutions” and found a goal you think is worth including in your book? Then you definitely shouldn’t expect any positive result.
Your new year’s resolution should be one you are ready to sacrifice greatly for–to achieve. It shouldn’t be a goal you “think” would be cool to try out!
To avoid dropping your new year’s resolutions after the 31st of January, be sure to make it a priority–a “must do.”
Still don’t get the point? Okay, I’ll give an example.
After reading thousands of stories and reports about the deadly consequences of cigarette smoking, a chronic smoker decides to break the habit in the coming year. But, on reaching a few days to the New Year, he pauses, picks up a pack of cigarette, takes a deep breath, and says aloud:
“Are these sticks really hurting me, huh? But, I kinda feel stronger whenever I inhale those white fumes. Hmmmm! It’s all lies. These sticks are damn great!!! Anyway, I’m gonna try to break this habit. But if I don’t succeed, then life continues…”
Although the guy (in the above example) feels breaking the habit of smoking might be a good step, he is far from ready to make this resolution stand.
Are you in a similar situation? Then you’ve got to have a change of thought. Else, your new year’s resolution will certainly FAIL.
2. You Are yet to Put Your Fears Away
Your new year’s resolutions for 2017 will fail if you refuse to chase away the fears that hold you back. In other words, to make your resolutions for the New Year stand, you’ve got to kick your fears away.
“Sometimes, when we want something so badly, we fear failure more than we fear being without that thing.”–Matthew S. Kirby
To achieve your goals for 2017, you have to be prepared for whatever comes up.
Though, you are right. You might win or lose. Nevertheless, as long as you are certain you need a turnaround (maybe, a change of lifestyle); you’ve got no reason to grow those fears.
Do you intend to lose pounds in 2017? Then you’ve got to determine to work hard until you hit your perfect shape.
Don’t look into the mirror and ask yourself, “Is weight loss my thing? What if I end up getting too thin?”
Questions and thoughts like this cause fear to creep in. And with fear dwelling within you, there are no two ways about it: Your resolutions would fail!
Fear isn’t just a deadly dream killer, but also a wicked resolution crusher. Fight it!
3. Your Goals Are Way Too Many to Cope With
A huge to-do list always scares me. And, even before attempting a task, I get all exhausted, and then…
PROCRASTINATION sets in.
This also happens when we make a list of resolutions for the New Year. When you come up with hundreds of resolutions for the New Year, then there is a high tendency of you not sticking to any. (Not even the least of them all!).
Now, let’s get practical:
There are “only” 365 days in a year. And, if we sleep for 8 hours daily, then we spend about 2920 hours yearly on a comfortable bed–Zzzzzing!! That’s like spending one-third of the entire year doing nothing. (Whaaaaaat??!)
So, before creating a huge list of habits you intend to break and characters you hope to develop, ask yourself: Can I achieve all these in less than 365 days?
Achieving one out of your many goals is no easy task. Therefore, before making your resolutions two, twenty, or fifty, be sure to think twice.
Your new year’s resolutions for 2017 should be precise, relevant, and few. A load of resolutions can leave you confused and frustrated. And when these two guys step in, then you are likely to carry your many goals over to the next year.
4. You Have No Solid Plan
It’s not all about setting goals. Dear friend, you’ve got to have a solid plan too!
As an example, let’s consider my blogging goals for 2017. One of my few goals for the New Year is to constantly drive quality traffic to my blog and build a larger audience. And, to succeed at this, I plan to:
a. Make social media promotion (and participation) a priority
b. Pay great attention to SEO and all its techniques
c. Write on authority blogs in my niche (for free!) to gain more exposure
d. Take time to connect with other bloggers in the self-development niche
e. Update my blog regular to keep the whole process continually in motion
f. Opt-in for paid adverts when necessary, etc.
With these plans boldly written out, achieving my blogging goals for the year would become a less-stressful task.
Now the big question:
Will you come up with an actionable plan today, or simply sit back, pray, and hope a miracle would happen overnight?
Well, the decision is yours to make.
5. You Aren’t Willing to Work Hard (And Discipline Yourself)
Resolutions are easy to make (really easy). But, do you know where the hard work comes in?
It comes in STICKING to them. It’s really tough.
Have you decided never to skip your early morning jogging routine? Then you should also be prepared to:
a. Go to bed early daily
b. Prepare and have your dinner before it gets dark
c. Cut all your late-night activities, etc.
That’s like making a couple of new resolutions just to accomplish one. I call that hard work! And, no doubt, it takes only a disciplined person to make this WORK out successfully.
“What if my goal for the New Year is to lose weight?” Well, you’ve got lots of work too. Be prepared to:
a. Cut all meals primarily composed of fat and oil (including your yummy snacks).
b. Visit the gym regularly
c. Reduce the amount of food you consume daily (by about half), etc.
You see, it takes more than “mere” words to accomplish a goal. An action is required.
Your new year’s resolutions for 2017 would stand only if you’re willing to make some necessary corrections.
Will you make these corrections?
Okay. I’m done sharing my secrets with you. Now it’s time to hear yours.
But before you share a secret (or two) with me, you may want to check out the lovely video I included below.
In the video, Hermione shares some useful “goal setting” tips and 50 new year’s resolution ideas.
Want a few ideas? Then hit the play button.
Over to You
Do you have a personal experience you’d love to share? Maybe, a technique you often use to stick to your new year’s resolutions? Well, I’d love to know them.
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Have a wonderful 2017!
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