by Maryanne Sivers
It’s that time of the year when a lot of people give up on their New Year’s resolutions. Because, heck, if you haven’t gotten any progress by now, you might as well give up, amiright?
That’s the problem with most traditional resolutions: it’s all or nothing. If exercising more or losing weight (the top two resolutions in the U.S.) is your goal, you’re not going to be successful unless you make a detailed, well-thought out plan for how to get there.
I’m not saying success is impossible, just that most people fire off resolutions at the end of December and that’s the end of it. Then, a few weeks (or days, or hours!) into the new year, they don’t see any measurable success, so they quit. No biggie, right? There’s always next year.
But how many “next years” do you really have left? Subtract your current age from the national average, 78 years, and you’ll have a good idea. Still feel like waiting another year is okay?
Successfully reaching goals is 100% doable for anyone. You just have to make a plan and stick to it. Every day. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if no one else is living the way you need to in order to meet your goal.
Personally, I like to think about the type of person I’m making myself into. Does a healthy person eat junk food all of the time? Does a fit person skip exercising just because they don’t feel like it? Does a successful entrepreneur waste valuable work time on Facebook, Netflix, or Candy Crush? If I want to be a healthy, fit, successful person, I need to do the actions that will get me there. The End.
There’s never a bad time to set and start working on goals. Just because it’s not January 1st, doesn’t mean that you won’t be successful. In fact, you’re more likely to be even more successful since the goals you set today will probably be more thought out than typical off the top of your head New Year’s resolutions.
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