Studies show that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals then people who don't explicitly make resolutions. But studies also show that only 8% of those who make resolutions achieve them.
Are you in the 8% or the 92%?
If you're in the 8% - fantastic! Keep the momentum in 2014. If you're in the 92%, let's take closer look at "resolutions." Poor “resolution.”
All that word was doing was minding it’s own business and creating a foundation for people:
- to decide
- to be determined
- to be firm in commitment
- to persevere
- to have tenacity
- to demonstrate strength
- to have fortitude
And what did we humans do? We took something that was meant to ground us in powerful solutions to make positive changes in our lives and we pooped all over it.
WE made resolutions WE didn’t keep. WE excitedly declared what WE were going to do, and then didn’t do it.
WE passionately shared with our family, friends, co-workers and the world what changes WE were going to make and the results of those changes and then WE didn’t do one thing different.
We enthusiastically wrote out goals, broke them down and posted them on the bathroom mirror, on the steering wheel and on a post-it on the computer, and then WE didn’t take action. And then WE have the nerve to blame “resolution.”
The truth is – resolutions do their part. They inspire us, motivate us, help us see a better way, show us what’s possible when we make positive changes and gives us a glimpse into our future – a future where we are healthier, more content, fulfilled, prospering and doing more of what we love and less of what we don’t.
The breakdown occurs when we are suppose to do our part. Where we are suppose to be disciplined, stick to the plan, be uncomfortable, be inconvenienced, move through the fear, have the difficult conversation, decide to leave, decide to stay, stop the spending, go the gym, forgive, apologize, show up or be there.
So this year, let’s give “resolution” a break. Let’s cut it some slack. Let’s stop staying “resolutions are stupid” or “resolutions don’t work.” The real deal is that resolutions DO work. We don’t.
RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL - by defining success for themselves and getting the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at www.doreenrainey.com.
© 2013 Doreen Rainey