New Year's Resolutions

Ditch The Resolutions

So we’re now in a new year, and like many I’m glad to see the back of 2020. Though I am thankful it wasn’t all bad.

Round this time of year you may get asked, “What’s your New Year’s resolutions”, or something similar. To be honest this kind of makes my skin crawl. Every year we would see those people with their brand new gym kit, sign up at the beginning of January.

Well you guessed it by the end of January half were longer going along, by the end of February that figure climbed up to three-quarters. Okay so not this year, as the gyms are shut, so instead they’ve taken to running (and I use that term very loosely). Don’t get me wrong I love seeing people take exercise, I just know that it’s not going to last.

The thing about New Year’s Resolutions is they set people up for failure, there is almost the implicit expectation that is what is going to happen. So what the heck, you haven’t let anybody down by giving up, it was only a resolution…

If you were really motivated to make a change, why wait for some arbitrary date to get started. It’s like we all got together and said synchronise watches, no point beforehand. Worse still it means you’ve probably tried taking advantage of the last few days of freedom!

I also see people rushing in without a clear set of outcomes in mind and a decent plan about how to get there. No amount of exercise without the correct nutrition will get you to your desired body shape. No way are you going to get to financial freedom by manifesting it or chasing every shiny penny.

I’ve made these mistakes myself before, many times. What I tell my clients is that you need to have focus and understand your why. Couple this with a clear game plan for how to achieve it.¬†These should be broken down into 12 week or quarterly goals.

Don’t wait until some date in the future, plan and commit if you want this year to be better than the last.