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This Is Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Fail

Do you think most New Year’s resolutions fail?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Southwestern Consulting conducted a national study on New Year’s resolutions. We looked at the actual data behind who makes resolutions – and if they keep or ditch them.

We learned that 66% of people who make resolutions don’t follow through on them after 30 days.

That means two-thirds of us who set a goal at the beginning of the year fail. We don’t even make it 30 days.

We say, “This is the year I’m going to change my life. I’m going to break this habit. I’m going to work out more. I’m going to sell more.” And then 66% of us abandon that goal after a month.

Here’s something even more staggering: 18% of us don’t keep our resolution for more than one day.

That means we start the day saying, “Hey, I’m going to do this,” and then by dinnertime, we’re saying, “Man, this is too much. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t keep up.”

So, why do most New Year’s resolutions fail?

It’s super simple. We set results goals, but not activity goals.

A results goal is saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds, or I want to make an extra $100,000.”

What are activity goals then?

Activity goals are 100% in your control. These are things you can do to drive yourself toward your results goal.

I’ll share one of my activity goals with you. Three years ago, I decided I was going to exercise 15 minutes every single day.

I didn’t say, “I’m going to lose 10 pounds. I’m doing a 90-day challenge.”

Here’s the beautiful thing: To hit my activity goal, I only have to hit 15 minutes a day, and I can do that whether I’m sick, if I’m traveling or if it’s a holiday.

There are no cheat days.

At Southwestern, we say success is never owned. It’s only rented, and the rent is due every day.

That’s why this doable activity goal works for me. I don’t worry about hitting a weight loss goal or finishing a 90-day challenge.

And I’m proud to say for the past three years, I haven’t missed a single day of working out.

That’s something we refer to as the Slinky effect. Your work ethic, behaviors and activity goals come first, with results trailing far behind.

If you’re only thinking about results, you’ll get discouraged.

Here are three ideas for achieving your goals.

1. Convert your results goals into activity goals. We can’t 100% control results. Example: We often don’t have 100% control over who buys from us.

Activity goals are 100% in our control, though. We call them critical success factors at Southwestern Consulting. My decision to exercise every day is something I control100%.

I may or may not lose 10 pounds. I may lose more. What I focus on is my daily goal of exercising for 15 minutes.

2. Create affirmations or positive self-talk. Your brain is a human computer, and it believes whatever you tell it most often.

Just like HTML or Java or C++ is a computer’s programming language, affirmations are your brain’s programming language.

You need to create affirmations to reinforce the activities that you’re going to do every day.

Affirmations are your mind’s programming language. You must create permanent changes in your thinking before you can ever permanently change your actions.

Recite those affirmations throughout the day. Repeat and repeat.

3. Remember, consistency is equal to or greater than intensity.

People love having a fast start. We love having a strong finish.

We love having what we call harvest seasons, these short series of intense energy. That’s great. There are times where you need intensity.

The real question though is, can you be consistent?

Can you meet this goal over and over, today, tomorrow, day in and day out?

Focus on how long you can be consistent.

That’s the habit that will ultimately yield transformation in your life and in your business.

These goal-achieving tactics are three things we can help you with at Southwestern Consulting. Our core business is one-on-one coaching.

We can help that 84% of you to keep your goals.

Our coaches can help you create results goals and break them into activity-based goals that are in your control and you can keep.

We’ll help you create a set of affirmations to reinforce this new mode of operating to help you condition and train your mind to keep up with conditioning and training of your body.

The third thing we’ll help you do is create consistency.

When we coach people, they work with us for a minimum of 12 months. Why?

We know we have to work with a person to get them in the habit and the routine of creating solid, sustainable habits.

If you want to keep your personal and professional New Year’s resolutions, request a free call with one of our experienced coaches today.

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