We are a little over a week into 2020 and this is about the time where the excitement and freshness of our resolutions start to dwindle. The gym becomes less busy, that one cheat meal turns into a day of cheat meals, we start to lose our will to keep our goals going.
And the reality of why is quite sobering. We realize that we are still the same people we were on December 31st. We still have the same struggles, the same habits, and the same responsibilities. As a society, we believe in the illusion that when we go to bed early in the morning on January 1st and wake up later that day, we will wake up a new person ready to conquer our new goals. When, the same reasons you did not accomplish your goals the previous year are still with you.
According to Forbes, less than 8% of people complete their New Year’s resolution. 25% stop pursuing this goal after the first 30 days.
There are multiple reasons why people stop pursuing their goals. It could be emotional, financial, etc. But often times these are excuses because people do not set their goals correctly from the beginning (which we have talked about on our blog before: https://www.teejaydoors.com/2019/12/04/new-year-new-goals/) but it could also be from us setting goals that do not align with our passion, or our core values.
If a person really does not want to stop eating fast food, yet they set a resolution for it, they will still eat fast food and they will find ways to justify it because this goal does not really matter to them.
That is why it is crucial to set goals and resolutions that matter to us on a deeper level rather than setting superficial goals just because everyone else is. Also, it is okay to not have a New Year’s goal or resolution. That is because making ourselves better is an every day, every year, every decade job.
We are the only ones who know how to make ourselves better. So instead of thinking this is the year, or next year will be easier. Think about the little things you can do every day to accomplish your goals rather than give something a year long time limit. Because little things start to add up.