It’s that time of year again, when the anticipation and antics of Christmas and New Year’s Eve are now becoming a distant memory only to be replaced with thoughts of what 2017 will actually bring. Some will have eagerly written out their New Year’s Resolutions, some may still be thinking about them, whilst some finding peace in acceptance – after all, accepting the situation does not mean that you have lost or failed, it simply sets you free to actually do something about it – may be recycling last year’s resolution with renewed vigour and then there are those who may have decided that it’s all a waste of time so there is no point; and fair play to them, in 2015 The Guardian reported that 36% of UK adults were not planning any resolutions and from the 63% of UK adults who failed to keep their resolutions, 43% of resolutions were broken within a month and 60% were broken within 3 months (Source: Bupa/ComRes (November 2015)).
Friday (last week) was apparently the ‘official’ day when most people broke their New Year’s Resolutions. Yet, what if there was a way to find out if it was indeed possible to achieve that task/project or follow through on that inner ambition or desire? After all, just because 63% adults failed to keep their resolutions in 2015 – does that actually mean YOU will fail to keep your resolutions?
The three most common errors when writing resolutions are:
- Lack of vision – trying to realise a dream that is unclear is like trying to hit an arrow into a moving target.
- Lack of belief – we all have our inner gremlins which fed by past events and opinions often seem larger than life.
- Lack of will – finding the motivation to follow through when there is no vision or belief in your efforts becomes a toxic effort.
For most people, the stumbling block arises when they have failed to anticipate the impact of their resolutions on their wider commitments or vice versa – no doubt for some of you there will be days when you do not make it to the gym and spend a week eating through a box of Krispy Kremes or when life takes over and everything comes to a halt – however; is that one stumbling block really a good enough reason to give up or believe that you’re not good enough?
By becoming more mindful of the thoughts that you feed yourself, you increase your chances of success.
Wishing you all a successful 2017 – follow your dreams and live your light.