Every year at the stroke of midnight on January 1st millions of people celebrate and launch into the new year making resolutions about how they’re going to change their lives for the better. According to the Statistic Brain, 72% of you carry those resolutions through until January 8th… Good job! Unfortunately, the same research says that by the end of the year only 9% of you stuck it out and felt that you achieved your goal.
So what’s stopping you? What is it that’s holding you back from making the changes in your life that you really want to make? Many of you are unhappy with the current state of things in your existence and even if you’re not entirely unhappy there are things that you wish to change or you wouldn’t be making resolutions.
One of the primary reasons that most resolutions fail is because many people fail to take any meaningful action toward them. You’ve probably set some really cool goals for yourself, and if I’m honest I really hope that you achieve them. However, you’ve got to get real with yourself. Some of us, after we’ve laid out what we want to do, get intimidated by our goal and then, do nothing.
Eckhart Tolle is credited with saying “Any action is better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it’s a mistake, at least you’ll learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing. So maybe your goal is massive, that’s cool, don’t let it scare you. Take little chunks out of that monster, little action is better than none and who knows before you know it you’ll slay that thing.
We all have these massive dreams for our lives and what would be our ideal situation… but are all too often hamstrung by our fears. Figure out what fears are holding you back and then face them down. The best way to do that is to take a leap into the future and tackle your resolution head on. Hey, if you aren’t prepared to take a leap, at the very least take a step because that step will be better than nothing at all. Hoping you have your best year this year!