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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions…In Spring and Summer
Given up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet?
Surprisingly, more Americans keep their resolutions than you think. But, there’s still a high failure rate, according to this study:
36% quit after the first month
54% quit after 6 months
Only 14% of people over 50 achieve their resolutions
39% of people in their 20s accomplish theirs
What do these statistics say?
They support a common cliché: change is hard.
…But you shouldn’t feel overly ashamed or guilty about it. People have actually been doing this since ancient Roman times. Back then, they made a commitment to the god Janus, after whom January is named.
How do you make change permanent? Here’s how:
1. Realize You Don’t Like Where You Currently Are
Why do you change? Right now, you don’t like something about your life.
You weigh too much. You’re angry. You’re depressed. You feel lonely. Whatever it is – you have to feel convinced that it stinks. And that if you change, your life will only improve.
If you don’t feel highly bothered by your current state of affairs, you won’t commit to change. You’ll slowly creep back to your old ways.
2. Falling Into Your Old Ways is Inevitable…But Doesn’t Have to Be Permanent
Part of being human is the temptation to go back to your old way of doing things. For example, you slam down a quarter of a delicious cheesecake.
The minute you slip back (and you will because everyone does), stop. Talk about your slip with your spouse, friends, or whatever support network you have.
That sets you free from guilt and shame. You accept yourself. And the odds that you repeat the behavior and continue your slide greatly diminish.
3. Speaking of a Support Network…Do You Have One?
Changing alone is nearly impossible. Yeah, change really is that hard.
To change, it helps a ton to state your goals to a group. They can help you stay accountable. Note that accountability doesn’t mean they’ll angrily rip into you when you mess up. Instead, they’ll ask you why you didn’t do what you’re supposed to, and what you can do differently next time.
Regardless of your personal goal, you can find a support network for it. Online, you have Facebook groups, forums/message boards, Meetups, and perhaps many other tools for discussing your struggles with other people who have the same difficulty.
More than likely, these groups will be free.
If you have the financial resources, you may also consider hiring a coach. Online, you can find a coach for practically any personal goal you have.
4. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
One of the biggest traps to lasting change is comparing yourself to others. It’s a dysfunction of the human mind. You almost always come up short.
Remember, if you’re losing weight, those super-buff people you see on TV live that lifestyle full-time. They don’t have a 40-50 hour per week job to attend to. They can exercise and eat right all day long.
So be realistic. Set yourself goals you can attain. And reward yourself for each success, no matter how minor, along the way.
Do that consistently, and reach out for help when you stumble, and your New Year’s resolutions will become reality.