Did you know?
Most people make at least one New Year’s Resolution, whether it is to lose weight, quit smoking or spend more time with family; however, less than 45% of these resolutions ever survive 6 months.
Instead of making a list of all the things you want to change while you are out celebrating the year that’s past, why not look to continually self-improve?
Stop setting resolutions
Setting resolutions can be likened to any “fad diet” that ever made the rounds. They tend to fail mainly due to treating them like a sprint rather than a marathon or the resolution being seen as giving up something rather than gaining something.
Change your standards
Instead of a resolution, why not improve your standards. By this, I mean the way you view yourself and the standards you choose to live up to. If you set your standard to be that of a fit person and hold yourself to this, you will roll out of bed for that early morning jog instead of rolling over to hit the snooze button. This is obviously not an overnight change!
You need to hold yourself accountable to these standards and not view yourself as a work in progress but rather someone who has higher standards and that will ruthlessly strive to achieve them. If you only ever view yourself as a work in progress, then you will always accept that you will never be of that high a standard.
Setting a high standard for yourself applies to all aspects of your life. How many people do you hear about that just make enough money to cover their bills? What about the stories of people who are barely getting by, who somehow manage to financially assist a loved one when they are sick? Standards change, and we change to meet them.
This may be a subconscious thought for them, the changing of the standard they must live to. But you can consciously make this choice and teach your subconscious that this is the choice that you have made.
If you have already broken your New Year’s Resolution(s), or perhaps you did not make one, I challenge you to improve your standards that you hold yourself too, to shape your future.
Source for stats: http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/