We’re in the third week of January now and by now you may have already given up on your New Year’s resolutions.
Don’t feel bad- You are not alone.
Strava, a social network for athletes, looked at more than 108 million entries in the US and found that Jan 12th is when Americans are most likely to bail out on fitness resolutions.
According to data from the Nielson analytics, only 64% of people stick to their resolutions for longer than the first month.
The good news is 46% of people last for six months.
So, how do the few people who actually achieve their goals and manage to hang in there on their resolutions do it?
I don’t know.
Really I don’t.
Everyone is different and everyone’s motivation behind setting a resolution is different. Some of it comes down to ‘how bad do you want it?’
I CAN tell you a few basic things that will help you achieve any goal you set for yourself AND I can give you the 3 foundational pillars you need to follow for success.
Before you set out on any endeavor it is important to establish a foundation that you will build upon.
They are building 9 townhomes next to my house and I have a bird’s eye view of the construction from my upstairs windows. I have watched them since the very beginning where they dug out the dirt, filled in the muddy soil with gravel, laid out the wooden frames, and poured the concrete down for the foundation.
You would never build a house by just nailing a few boards together and setting it on top of the ground. There would be no stability and the house would blow over in the first wind storm.
Achieving a goal is the same as building a house. You have to lay a foundation and frame out what steps you will take to get to your result.
There are 3 basic Foundational Pillars that can help you get to your goal.
- Believing in the Possibility of Success
- Planning Ahead and Prep Work
- Play the tape all the way through
In this blog we will focus on the first pillar- Believing in the Possibility of Success.
When you set a goal, it is obviously because you do not currently have whatever it is you want. Maybe you want to lose weight, or get in better shape, or make more money.
You are reaching for something that is not currently a part of your life. Sometimes you have a strong reason to want to achieve your goal and other times it is more of a wish list- something that would be nice but it’s not going to hurt you if you do not reach your goal.
When a goal is something that would be nice but not necessary, you have to understand the difference between Hope and Possibility.
Hoping or wishing for something is important but you also have to be able to believe in the POSSIBILITY of achieving your goal.
You need to be able to imagine it coming true and envision how your life will be different when you reach your goal.
For years (25 ahem!) I tried to lose those last 10 to 20 pounds of weight I put on after I got married.
After trying diet after diet and attempt after attempt I started to feel deep down that it would never happen.
I would hopefully set resolutions to lose it but did not really BELIEVE that I ever would.
If you can’t see the POSSIBILITY of it, you will never reach your goal.
So, how do you do see the possibility if deep down you secretly believe that you will never reach your goal?
- You talk to other people who have succeeded.
- You use your imagination every day to see yourself succeeding.
- You dream about it.
- You envision how your life will be different once you have achieved your goal.
- You imagine how your life will be different going forward- because if you had to do something different (eat differently, wake up at a different time, exercise more) to reach your goal, you are going to have to continually do that. You can’t go back to your old ways and expect to maintain your goal.
So that leads us to the second pillar and next week’s blog 🙂
Please leave me a comment and let me know what goals you are striving for and how YOU see the possibility of success.
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