Why New Year's Resolutions Suck [& What You Should Do Instead]
Dec 18, 2018
‘Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions...
Excuse me as I let out an excruciatingly long sigh.
Raise your hand if you’re sick of hearing “new year, new me.”
This annual effort to become better is bogus. It’s an excuse to wait on implementing life-changing habits and extend the holiday hangover.
So, let’s analyze the process and find out what you should do instead of creating another New Year’s Resolution.
- I want to help you succeed this year…
- I want to help you lose those extra pounds weighing you down…
- I want to help you amplify your self-worth…
- And I want to help you nix the bad habits sapping you of your confidence....
You dropped the ball in the past, but this year is going to be different — no thanks to another New Year’s Resolution.
It’s time to make real goals, set actionable plans, and kick the crap out of the new year.
Keep reading and I’ll show you how...
Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Suck
Now that I bashed the brains out of your resolutions, let’s talk about why they’re no good. Here’s the key issues:
- They encourage bad habits in the name of health. Resolutions are temporary, extreme, and often defy logic. Sure, you’re planning a year ahead, but you’re expecting quick results. This leads to fad diets, ridiculous exercise routines, and other unhealthy measures … to get healthy. See the irony there? The same applies to resolutions that transcend health and fitness.
- They give you an excuse to extend the holiday hangover. It seems our New Year’s Resolutions give us a pass to tip back another boozy beverage and chow down on a few extra Christmas cookies. You know, since change is coming on January 1st. But why take two steps back before inching forward? You’re only making it harder on yourself.
- They’re all about aesthetics. At some point, you’ve had a fitness-related resolution revolving around looking better. I get it: the mirror is your harshest critic. However, if you’re only focused on looks — and not more measurable results — who’s to say when you’ve reached your goals? Trying to change what you see in the mirror isn’t going to give you the accountability and discipline you need to overcome the obstacles you’ll face along the journey.
- They set you up for failure. Your resolutions are generally absolute statements in the moment that won’t stand the test of time. You’re “pumped up” right now making a lofty resolution, but that kind of logic will lead to failure. Why not put something in place that you can achieve and build upon so the euphoric feeling of success is nearly guaranteed?
- We rely too much on motivation. If the motivation you have on January 1st was a daily thing, we’d all be as uber-productive as the others we envy. We’d be rising the ranks at work. Powering down the Netflix for good. Skipping the internet surfing and lunch breaks for another task on the to-do list. Oh wait … there wouldn’t even be a to-do list! You might be motivated to dominate the year on January 1st, but resolutions fueled by motivation alone won’t get you far.
- We go too big. Go big or go home doesn’t apply to successful resolutions. For example, instead of focusing on losing 1-2 pounds a week — for a total of 100+ pounds over the course of year — you want to lose 200 pounds, chisel a 6-pack, cut out sugar, and exercise daily. You need to trade the go-big-or-go-home mentality for the marathon-not-a-sprint mentality. Looking at the big picture is a good strategy, but when we view resolutions through that lens, we tend to go too far.
- They don’t work. Studies show despite your best intentions, this year is not going to be different. 90 percent of resolutions don’t work. Anything that only has a 1/10 chance of succeeding “sucks,” in my opinion.
The Step-By-Step Blueprint for Resolutions That Work
Let’s get SMART about what you’re going to achieve after the new year.
You’re not alone in wanting to lose weight and get in better shape (in a survey, 45 percent of people wanted to lose weight or get in shape in 2018), but you can separate yourself from the pack with how you approach your resolutions.
The trick is to trade the resolutions for SMART goals. Here’s what I mean:
- Specific: Don’t be a victim of vagueness. In fact, there’s no such thing as “too specific.”Be very clear with exactly what you want to achieve. “Losing weight” is no good. “Losing X pounds in Y weeks so you can do Z” is solid.
- Measurable: Creating a specific goal won’t mean a thing if it isn’t measurable. Numbers are a crucial component of your new-age resolutions following the SMART methodology. Pounds, dollars, inches, etc. — what will you use to measure your success?
- Achievable: Our minds have a funny way of taking over and making us believe anything is possible in the new year. Yes, anything is possible, but you have to be realistic. I’m not trying to cut down what you’re capable of, but set your sights on something you know you can achieve. A little taste of success will only supercharge your motivation and lead to more.
- Relevant: Is achieving your goal relevant to you? Reflect on your values, what you want to achieve, and create a goal that’s actually tailored to you. If it lacks relevance, it’ll never last.
- Time-Based: You’ve heard it before, but here it goes again: A goal without a deadline might as well be a dream. Dreams are ideas we hope to create “someday.” Goals need to be specific and include deadlines.
Want to nail your New Year’s Resolutions? Make ‘em SMART! It’s as simple as that.
Examples of Resolutions That Work
We don’t really believe in resolutions. You know that by now, right?
Here are some SMART goals that will actually deliver results:
- Start and complete a 4, 6, 8, or 12-week workout program. Add your own start and end dates so this goal doesn’t morph into a resolution.
- Train for — and complete — a 2K, 5K, mini-marathon, or marathon. Purchase your race ticket and invest in expert training ASAP.
- Lose 1.5-2 pounds a week for the first 6-12 weeks of the year. Hire a trainer and commit to 3 sessions together per week.
- Cut your sugar intake in half over the next 4 weeks. Keep a food journal and figure out exactly what you’re going to cut to hit your goal.
Those are just starting points to get the creative juices flowing as you develop SMART goals.
Use the examples above as a springboard to bulletproof your goals and actually achieve what you set out to do this year.
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