Every year, we get a lot of emails (and leaflets!) urging us to pursue lofty new goals in the new year. New year, new life, new skinny body and so on…
It is true that a new year brings with it an almost implicit encouragement to start afresh, leaving behind all the negatives of the past. However, it is also true that most “new year resolutioners” fail. According to U.S. News (possibly not the most reliable source, but the figure matches our own experience), about 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February. This means that you and your new year resolutions will also most likely fail!
The reason is probably that it is hard to change habits, particularly when we work by ourselves. without any support or without the right tools to improve our health and lives.
1) Failure or Temporary Setback?
If you have ever followed any successful people, you know that “failure” is just a temporary phase before a new effort begins. Successful people look at failure in a different way, they see it as a temporary setback providing data which informs their subsequent efforts.
We too can take note of any temporary setbacks, notice what went wrong, readjust and shoot again for our goals. No beating ourselves up over a temporary setback: it is just wasted time and wasted energy.
As Yoda says in the latest Star Wars movie, “The best teacher, failure is”. In fact, some claim this movie is all about failure….
2) Consider Your Why
Decide why this new goal is important to you. The bigger and better the “why?”, the easier you will find to commit to it (again and again, as needed). Typical “big why’s” are wanting to enjoy one’s retirement, being able to play with one’s children or grandchildren, making a difference, reducing pain …)
Consider professional support. Successful people acquire the right tools (and people) to support them on achieving their goals. When you hire someone who has the right knowledge to hold you accountable, you are more likely to succeed. So invest in the health program. Invest in yourself! You are worth it and so are your health and goals.
Consider my Pilates training, yoga for stress (and weight) management, vitality circuits for ladies, and my “lifestyle upgrade” educational programme: www.pilatesfitness.co.uk or contact me to find out how I can support you in achieving your goals.
(Currently) FREE TOOLS to help you make and keep resolutions:
You do not need to wait until a new year to adopt a new goal. Every moment of each day is a new opportunity to start afresh. This is why I have a “new year, new you” leaflet on my main page all year round. Your new year can start from whenever you want, though generally … sooner is better than later.
Let me know how I can support you reach your goals.
Happy New Year!