Did you know that 50% of us make New Year’s resolutions and 88% of those fail? I read several interesting articles on why that is the case, but I have my own thoughts too.
From about Thanksgiving on, life becomes a hectic scramble. Constant rushing, over-spending budgets, buying too many gifts, mailing Christmas cards, attending parties when we’d really prefer a quiet evening at home … sound familiar?
Calories don’t count over the holidays, do they? We’ve been dieting our buns off to fit into that cute little black dress which now probably won’t fit for the New Year’s Eve party – perfect set up for yet another doomed to fail diet.
I haven’t made any resolutions for several years, but I do like to create a vision board (some call it a dream board) on the first of January. It’s a great visual to look at throughout the year to remind me of what I want for myself. I took a picture of last year’s for my computer desk-top, and loved being able to see my progress as this year has progressed.
While talking with my coach this week, I was able to visualize what I want for myself in this next year, actually doodling while we talked. When we hung up, I saw my vision for 2014 in the doodles!
Strike while the iron is hot! Instead of waiting until the first, I immediately pulled up some clip art and composed my beautiful dream for the upcoming year. I am not bound by a calendar. Instead, I’m already thinking about how to turn my dreams into a real goal. By the time 2014 rolls in, I’ll have my plan in place and a head start on success!
I’m inviting you to do the same – think now about your heart’s desire for the next year. Skip the useless resolutions and come up with an action plan to achieve your goals.
What works better for you? Will you doodle and then find some clip art like I did, or cut words and pictures out of magazines for your vision board? Perhaps you do better with just writing. However you capture your stream of consciousness, have a good time.
Keep it simple, and perhaps initially take baby steps. Get yourself an accountability buddy to help one another both stay on track.
Much better than another failed resolution, don’t you think?