How New Year’s Resolutions are Completely Overrated
Show of hands, how many of you reached your New Year’s resolution last year? Yeah, me neither. It was first time I’ve actually made one and I failed miserably. New year’s resolutions are completely overrated.
Last year, I posted an article about how to keep a New Year’s Resolution. It was focused on creating a long term concrete goal. I made sure my goal was SMART and I was going to succeed. I was good at making short goals and thought I’d try my hand at the whole new year resolution thing. Sadly, I wasn’t a part of the mere 9% of Americans who actually meet and keep their new year’s resolution. In hindsight, I realized that while I created one SMART goal for the new year, I had other goals in the background. And even though my goal was SMART, it wasn’t SMART for my family. Dollars and Sense wrote a piece about why new year’s resolutions fail and finding my “why” just wasn’t strong enough.
New year’s resolutions are completely overrated and I’ve found something different this year. It’s so much better.
Instead of focusing on one goal only to be distracted by other small goals, try an overall theme as an alternative to a new year’s resolution.
For those who have struggled to keep their resolutions, this could be a game changer for you.
Here’s how it works
Let’s say your goal or something you’d like to do is work out. Instead of creating multiple goals like go to the gym once a week and focus on resistance training, how about creating a theme of “get active”. Your possibilities to get active become less stressful because you can go to the gym, go for a walk around the neighborhood, a run around the lake, a hike with some friends, etc.. If you don’t get to the gym that week, no sweat. Just get active in another way.
If you’d like to eat healthier, instead of creating a goal of eating vegetables everyday, make it your theme to “eat the rainbow”. Now you have endless possibilities to eat healthier. If you forget to eat vegetables one day, no biggie, pick up a colorful fruit.
Why new year’s resolutions are completely overrated
You fail if you forget to hit the gym one week or forgot to eat veggies for one day, instant fail. Let’s face it, the negative feeling of failure is highly discouraging. Thus one slip up ruins the entire year and why I feel the new year’s resolutions are completely overrated.
So try creating a theme for 2018.
Pick one word, or a few words, that you will want to accomplish for the new year. Make sure its something that really sparks your fire and motivates you grow. Insert a swear word if you have to (see mine below). Think of your theme before you begin each day and live by it, think of it as your mantra. What can you do today, this week, this month that will fall within your mantra? Don’t forget to reward yourself.
Small victories will lead to great success.
This year, my theme is going to be “get shit done”. This past year, I struggled with prioritizing my days and actually getting things completed. Projects were half way done. I started one thing only to go down a rabbit hole to the next. Part of this has to do with my desire to multitask. I’m going to try harder this year to get things done in it’s entirety. Its going to take a lot of focus, I know this.
Social media definitely makes it hard to focus on one thing. You browse Facebook, and end up on a website because the headline was catchy. Then you find yourself on Pinterest searching for more of that topic. Then something else catches your eye on Pinterest and you find yourself on an entirely different topic from the one you initially were wanting to know about. Tell me I’m not the only one. Next thing you know, an hour or two has gone by and you did absolutely nothing. Except maybe get the kids a drink or a snack, feed the baby, change the diaper, etc.. New year’s resolutions are completely overrated. This year, I’m getting shit done.
What do you think? Would you rather stick with the SMART goals or do you think a theme would better suit you?
Comment below with a cool theme you come up with. I love reading catchy themes!