Succeed despite Your New Year's Resolutions
It is a new year. Time for making New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, statistics show that only about 8% of us are successful in keeping our resolutions. There are very few promising statistics regarding New Year’s Resolutions.
Why is that? We have something we want to accomplish in life, lose weight, buy a new house, get that new job or maybe make $1 million. Most of us describe our resolution or goal as a destination, an outcome. Something that we will acquire in the next year.
Since what we want is a positive improvement in our life, one would think that this is sufficient motivation for success. Evidently that is not the case. For myself, and many others, this shiny object in the future can seem abstract and beyond reach. Either we become discouraged in its pursuit or it simply fades from our memory.
A better strategy for success appears to be focusing on the process. In other words, I don’t want to focus on losing 20 pounds. Ultimately I do want to lose weight, but what I am really wanting to do is to create positive change in my life. I can take small steps every day which are consistent with my goal.
By focusing on the right choices, attitudes and behaviors I am creating my process. This results in new habits which, in the end, bring me to my goal. My resolution is to commit to consistent small steps forward in order to achieve bigger results.
If I only focus on losing 20 pounds I will likely become discouraged with the effort. When I look instead to the things that I might do each day, each meal, I am only focusing on small steps. That way if something isn’t working I can make an adjustment to that part of my process. The idea is that I am fine-tuning this as I go to make it fit me and achieve my desired result. Each day taking one step forward.
It is not about being perfect. It is about taking action
In fact, it is not uncommon to exceed the original goal when doing this. We may find that in focusing on process and improving our daily outcomes our original goal ends up in the rearview mirror (maybe I actually lose 25 pounds). Sometimes our goals can be self-limiting.
Remember, great big gains start with a single step, a decision. Our success is achieved with consistent effort over a long period of time. None of this happens with a snap of the fingers or overnight. And, it is not about being perfect. It is about taking action.
Identify your destination. Set your course. Navigate the currents and storms with commitment and resilience. Commit to the journey (the process) and set sail.
What do you want to accomplish this year? This month? Today…
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Randy Wilson, founder of Great Big Gains, is a type I diabetic who is motivated by and focused on helping other people with all types of diabetes to find their best path forward. Using small group and individual coaching as well as writing about his own experiences with diabetes and its complications. All in an effort to help them live their life on their own terms. Find out more about this at www.GreatBG.com or contact him at info@GreatBG.com .