Are you a person who makes New Year’s resolutions? Do you keep them?
According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans nearly always make New Years resolutions, yet only 8% of people achieve the goals they have set forth for themselves. What gives? Why do people take the time to identify their priorities and then not follow through with them? Here’s something to consider…
You are always making decisions either through the things you choose to spend time on and pay attention to, or the things you do not.
Well, there is only so much time in a day- are you spending so much of it on Facebook late at night that you are too tired to accomplish your morning meditation ritual, or are you driving your family to activity after activity with no opportunities for family meal time or time for yourself? I don’t mean to imply that any particular decision is necessarily favorable, just that as an individual and as a family you are spending time and resources in certain areas making it impossible to do others. Is the way you spend your time in alignment with the values and goals you have set forth for yourself individually and as a family?
So how do we break this cycle? And what about the 38% of Americans who don’t even make resolutions?
The answer is to incorporate more intentionality in your life. Be accountable to yourself (you’re worth it!). People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to achieve their goals than people who don’t. Find the time to make your dreams front and center- do meditation, yoga, create a vision board of your goals and read/look at it daily, visualize yourself achieving your goals (incorporate as much sensory information and emotion as possible for maximum effectiveness)- whatever feels comfortable for you- and watch as your intentions become your reality!
“We are like magnets- like attracts like. You become AND attract what you think!” (From the movie “The Secret.”)
Cheers to a great New Year!