Sticking with Your Resolution: Part 1 (The When and Why)
Welcome to Sticking With Your Resolution: Part 1!
2019 is well on its way and many of us out there made a New Year’s resolution. Resolutions come in so many different forms and sizes. But no matter the resolution, for many, sticking with our resolution during the entire year is a pretty tall order. In this blog series, I am going to break down New Year’s resolutions and uncover some tips that will help you stick with it ‘til the end.
When Do We Quit?
No matter what time of year it is, even if January 1st came and went, the hardest part of a New Year’s resolution is to just pick something and start. But once we start, how long before most of us fall off? Strava, a social tracking network for athletes, conducted a study in 2018 that analyzed subject activity of over 31.5 million users worldwide and distilled down that mid-January is the time the majority of us begin to fall off the resolution train. The group that is still keeping up with their commitment to change steadily decreases each following month with only 8% of resolutioners crossing the finish line. Hopefully, this blog helps you become one of the finishing 8%.
Why Do We Quit?
There are many reasons why people lose steam with resolutions and I believe they are all connected. From what I’ve witnessed, a loss in motivation is the most common. I say this because there is a multitude of different reasons why people lose motivation. It reminds me of a Russian Doll Effect. What do I mean? One reason contributes to another, which contributes to another, which contributes to another, etc. Let’s open this up a bit more.
I believe the number one reason why we lose motivation is a lack of organization. This goes along with tracking your progress, but we’ll talk about that in Part 2. You need to make time for your resolution. Don’t just assume that you will have time to fit it in. Assuming you will have time is the surest way to subconsciously quit your resolution. Remember, ass-u-ming makes ‘you’ looking like an ‘ass’. Like many of you, my schedule is crazy and always changing. If I don’t stay on top of my schedule, ‘I don’t have time’ starts to take over. If you want to keep on top of your resolution, make it a priority and pencil it in. If you have to reschedule, do it and stick to it!