It’s that time of year again… the time of year for New Year’s Resolutions. “New Year, New Me!” Right? Now think back on the past year. How many of your resolutions did you actually keep?
As a coach, New Year’s Resolutions are actually one of my least favorite things to see pop up in my Facebook feed because.... Well… this is what I see happen most often.
The New Year is fast approaching and a buddy of mine is PUMPED about the new year. To make this more realistic, let’s give our enthusiastic resolution- maker a name. Let’s call him, “Gym.”
Gym goes rushing into the New Year with a resolution in mind, but no plan in hand. In the midst of his own excitement, Gym decides to announce his resolution on Facebook. THIS is where the problem begins.
You see, Gym, like most people, is extrinsically motivated (meaning he is motivated by things like money, rewards, or RECOGNITION BY PEERS). So before Gym even had an opportunity to make progress on his resolution, he got a premature pat on the back from his peers. Comments come flooding in on his post saying, “Nice job!” “Proud of you!” “You’re going to kill it!” But every comment takes away a little piece of that extrinsic motivation. Gym is now relying on intrinsic motivation (motivation that comes from a burning desire within an individual regardless of external factors).
There is a problem, though. Gym, like most people, is not a naturally intrinsically motivated individual. The result? Gym, like most people, became a statistic— he became one of the 90% of people who fall off their New Year’s Resolutions within the first 2 weeks of the New Year.
If this story sounds familiar, don’t beat yourself up. Just be more prepared. Think about who your support system will be, focus on habitual goals rather than outcome goals, and focus on forming keystone habits (habits that snowball into more positive habits… i.e. exercise often leads to better choices in nutrition). Oh… and just to be safe… don’t post your goals on social media. Just keep them between you and your support system. That tip ALONE will increase your productivity tenfold.
Resolutions aren’t a bad thing in and of themselves… it’s just important to recognize that they take a lot of planning. That is why I am hosting a Goal Setting Workshop on January 21st at 9:30 a.m. The workshop will be in Spokane, WA at 421 W. Riverside Ave. Ste 252. The workshop is interactive, meaning that by the time you leave… you will have a clear outline of the steps necessary to successfully accomplish your goals, and it’s just 10 dollars to attend. Don’t be 1 of the 90% this year. Be 1 of the 10% who gets shit done.
I am still working on a way to get this workshop online for those of you who aren’t in Spokane .As always, I appreciate your support. Don’t forget to share this with a friend who might appreciate this perspective. Until next time, stay humble, stay hungry, and stay happy!