Understanding why it's so hard to keep New Year’s resolutions, the next step to success is learning how to stick to them. With resolutions ranging from diet changes to progressing in your career, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to achieving your goals. However, most life changes are more down to attitude and the mentality with which you approach them, not the achievability of the goal. After all, almost every goal is achievable without the troublesome trio: procrastination, self-doubt and lack of organisation. Small incremental changes may be the approach for you.
The popular idea of "New Year, new me" can create motivation. It can also be unrealistic and unsustainable in the long run. We sometimes believe that despite little to no exercise in the past year, we will suddenly be able to work out 5 times a week, and hey, why not? Anything's possible on December 31st.
The problem when making resolutions for big, life-altering changes rather than smaller ones is that they quickly become unapproachable and daunting. We procrastinate because how can we fail something we don't start? Never starting in the first place somehow feels less of a failure than attempting them and falling short.
Instead of continuing this cycle again this year (and if you already have it’s not too late), consider small incremental changes to achieve the same end goal further down the line. For instance, deciding to exercise a very-doable once a week to begin with and slowly increasing that number as the weeks go on, when your body is craving even more endorphins, is a far more sustainable approach. Smaller changes are far more likely to become life-long habits than sudden, drastic ones.
Change your mindset. As Nick discusses, “taking responsibility for changing our lives and our mindset is crucial for bringing about change, lest we develop ‘learned helplessness’, where we believe that nothing we do will make a difference and that we are stuck where we are forever.” In fact, he reveals that we need to take personal responsibility for these changes, look around us and ask ourselves key questions of self-discovery that will allow us to unlock our potential.