Stop the World, I Want to Get Off
January = New Year = New Year’s Resolutions.
For most people, it’s not long before resolutions are broken. According to Benjamin Hardy, only 8% of people accomplish their New Year’s Resolutions. We spend the rest of the year accepting our failure and just doing what we did before. So there goes another year.
So how do we stop the cycle?
Step By Step
The problem is that we resolve to do something, but we don’t identify the steps necessary to achieve the resolution. We resolve to lose weight, but we still stop by the donut shop every Friday. We resolve to read a certain number of books in a year and then spend our evenings in front of the TV.
We know what we want, we just don’t think about what we need to change to make it happen. In the book Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It, Marshall Goldsmith defined 3 ways to handle change:
- Change yourself.
- Change the situation.
- Maintain the status quo and wonder why things aren’t working.
People who choose option 3 don’t keep their resolutions. So we need to choose Curtain 1 or Curtain 2, Or sometimes both. How do we do that? By addressing habits.
You resolve to read more because you just couldn’t find the time to read last year. If you watch less TV, then you’ll have more time to read. So instead of making some generic resolution to read more, put a book near your favorite chair and move the remote to the other side of the room. Take a magazine with you when you are going to an appointment. Give yourself some fresh air by reading during lunch. You have opportunities to make small changes to make reading a habit.
Your Change Life Campaign will focus on changing the habits so that you can achieve your goals.