Happy New Year! Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I do hope you had the opportunity to ring in your New Year precisely the way you wanted to. Maybe that was with friends and family in a high energy, ball dropping kind of way with lots of music and dancing the night away or perhaps you rang it with a more subdued approach of a quiet dinner, snuggled up in your PJs watching a movie on Netflix. However you chose to ring in 2019, I wish you all the best this coming year!
As I was teaching yoga class today, I offered up the always fun conversation starter at the beginning of the New Year... Do you set New Year's Resolutions? One of my student's opened up honestly and shared confidently and matter of factly... "No." She doesn't set resolutions because she doesn't typically follow through and on the tails of that comment she shared a particular goal to which she set for herself this year. She set the goal to read 50 books in 2019. She further went on to share she was going to check them out as audiobooks from the library. High Five to her! I know she will get it done because it was well thought out, and she created an achievable plan. Furthermore, she set up a built-in accountability system... the library. You check a book out for a week; you finish it, return it (or get fined), check out a new one.
So... Let's get curious... Is there a difference? Isn't a resolution a goal?
A resolution is a decision leading to a course of action.
Here are a few fun facts about New Year's Resolutions.
40%-60% of Americans set New Year's Resolutions (depending on your fact source).
Less than 25% of resolution setters stick it out for 30 days.
8% follow through and live into their resolution.
According to Inc.com, the Top 10 Resolutions for 2019 are as follows:
1. Diet or eat healthier
2. Exercise more
3. Lose weight
4. Save more, spend less
5. Learn a new skill or hobby
6. Quit smoking
7. Read more
8. Find another job
9. Drink less alcohol
10. Spend more time with family and friends
Consider this... The resolutions listed above are lifestyles. They are courses of action. Think about that. It is something done in life daily — a habit. Habits strewn together create a lifestyle. Seems pretty simple, doesn't it? What's so hard about...
1. Eat a salad instead of a donut.
2. Walk 20 minutes a day
3. Eat right & exercise, get at least 8 hours of rest
4. Put money in the savings account instead of ordering another trinket on Amazon
5. Sign up for insert new hobby here class/group.
6. Stop buying cigs and lighting up
7. Sit down and read before bed
8. Send out resumes
9. Drink something else... water, tea, coffee, milk, juice...
10. Have the friends and family over for a sit-down dinner once a week
And yet, IT. IS. HARD. for 92% of us right since 8% are successful. The 92% failure rate can in part be due to lack of clarity, purpose and planning OR it can 100% be due to limiting and unconscious beliefs. The invisible layer that when isn't brought to awareness to be dissolved doesn't allow for firm resolve.
Want to be part of the Successful 8%?