Happy New Year, friends!
Statistics show that roughly 80 percent of new year resolutions fail by the second week of February.
Most of us choose new year resolutions we know are difficult. Usually we have attempted them previously, or have ruminated over making these changes or adopting these new habits before.
Many of us have also had the experience of accomplishing something difficult, or overcoming a challenge previously and know how satisfying it feels to be able to say, and celebrate, that we did it.
If we know it feels amazing to accomplish something challenging, and we recognize change is difficult — regardless of how much we want to make it — how come so many of our attempts at achieving our new year resolutions don’t succeed?
I came across a quote a few months ago, and I think it sheds some light on this quandary:
“Difficulty is desirable… but it is not always desired.”— Angela Duckworth
Essentially, this is an alliterative, clever and more succinct way of saying while we know anything worth having, earning or being won’t come easy and will require a certain amount of effort and sacrifice on our part, we struggle with fully embracing the “work” required to achieve whatever that difficult thing is.
Here’s where I’ve found our resolutions often go awry:
Insert the importance of knowing your “why” and the power of deep reflection. In working toward any goal — personal or professional — know your driving motivations and be deeply honest with yourself about where you are willing and able to adjust and sacrifice to make the difficult become as attainable as it is desirable.
If you’re off track with your 2020 resolutions, all is not lost. I invite you to use whatever day it is you’re reading this post as “New Year: Part Two.”
Here are some tips to take on your goals for 2020 like a pro: