If you’ve read some of my blog already, you know that I’m a HUGE goal oriented person. I need a deadline, to be put under pressure so I get competitive and perform.
I feel that setting goals and having a dream is a very effective part of building wealth and maintaining a good financial footing. But that’s not what this post is about.
Surprisingly, I don’t really set New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’m changing that. I’m making an “anti-resolution” and I hope you join in too.
What’s an anti-resolution?
A normal resolution is when you make a list of things you feel should do, or that need to be accomplished for the next year. Then you vow to complete them.
Most of these resolutions include: losing weight, eating healthier, saving money, quitting an addiction and ect…of the 45% of people who start a resolution, only 8% are successful and 24% fail every resolution they make every year.
Instead of making a resolutions this year and failing, I’m vowing to make NO resolutions, at all. Zero. Zip. Nada.
Why resolutions don’t work
For a vast majority of us, resolutions are based on things we SHOULD do, not things we WANT to do.
Most of the time I feel guilty that I’m not active enough or that my diet isn’t very healthy, so I kick myself in the butt for a few weeks at the beginning of the year in hopes of changing it.
However, this method is set up for failure. Resolutions are subject to each person’s opinion. “Working out more” for me, could mean jogging everyday.
But for someone who works out for an hour a day, it could mean training for a triathlon. Basically, resolutions are not very specific and are thus, subject to each person’s own interpretation.
Goals vs resolutions
There is a difference between creating a goal and having a resolution. Goals normally have a timeline or deadline attached to them. They are more specific and are not subject to different people’s opinions.
Yes, sometimes they can be vague but not always. Resolutions are notoriously known for me being vague and they carry a stigma of something that needs to change.
Goals are something we set for ourselves and want to do.
We are not put under pressure at the beginning of the year to create a goal, just because everyone else is, like we are with resolutions.
Forming new habits
Another reason resolutions are set up for failure, is because they are often habits that need to be changed. Habits are hard to break, and take time to successfully change.
There needs to be motivation for breaking a habit, and a better habit to take it’s place. If I want to “eat healthier” I have to replace my bad eating with good eating. I can’t just stop eating bad food, without replacing it better eating (I’d starve to death!).
Goals vs To-Do lists
Instead of turning your resolution into a goal, turn it into a to-do list.
Make it part of your everyday list of errands and to-do’s. Normally when you write a to-do list, it’s very specific. No one writes a list that says “run errands”.
Instead we write “go grocery shopping” or “refill the gas tank” and things of that nature. A list of to-do’s is always specific and needs to be completed within a short time frame.
Let’s rock 2012!
So for this year I challenge you! To join me in making an “anti-resolution” resolution.
There will be no obligations, interpretations or vague to-do lists. There will only be SUCCESS or FAILURE. Nothing more and nothing less. There will be no try, there will be only do.
I’m not going to make goals or resolutions for myself unless I want to do them. Unless I am whole-heartedly going to do my best to achieve them. To break the cycle of failing we have to take action. No more excuses. Now is the time to set my fear of failure aside, and go for it!
What do you think, will you join me?
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