Earlier this morning I saw something stating that 95% of everyone who made New Year’s Resolutions had already failed or given up.
Whether this statistic can be validated or not, I can tell you from real world experience and observation that there is some truth to it.
Do you know why I hate going to the gym for the first two to three weeks in January? Because everyone out there thinks this is going to be the year that they really make it happen, when they really start living the life they deserve to live.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I want everyone to live a better life. But, many aren’t willing to work that hard at it.
Is it because they say they want something but don’t really care (taking on other people’s/society’s goals), they are too grandiose (unachievable/unreasonable), or is because they too easily give into bad habits?
No matter what the reasoning, I can tell you for sure that the gyms aren’t nearly as busy starting around now because so many people have given up, failed, didn’t really care.
I always tell people that in business, you aren’t dealing with other businesses, you are dealing with people. People are people, no matter where you go, or what you do. So, if this many people are failing at their goals related to health, finance, relationships, spirituality, etc., you can pretty sure that many are taking the same approach to their business goals.
Are you too comfortable?
Striving for something more, bigger, better actually requires change, and change is uncomfortable for most people.
They find that the pain incurred by the change is far too costly compared to the rewards the change will bring. They forget the fact that habits take time to develop, and over time, the change loses the associate pain, and you eventually start reaping the rewards.
How long does it take to develop a habit?
The most often cited work says that it takes about 21 days to develop a habit. I’m sure it varies by person, action, amount of change required, etc. However, I’d be willing to be that if you make it at least to the 21 day mark, you’d be well on your way to establishing a habit of whatever is you want to do.
What does it take to develop a habit?
I’d assert that it depends on how important that habit is to you. How deeply ingrained the desire is. How badly do you want the end-result that the habit will bring?
Constant, committed, unrelenting drive is what it takes to push through pain, to actually go after what you want. Success is reserved for the determined.
Notice, I did not say,”Success is reserved for the strong”. If you are weak, you build strength, but you can’t do that if you do not have the will to do so.
It’s a matter of choice. Every moment counts. You will yourself to perform every action.
You may have the determination, what else do you need?
Blind ambition is not enough. You must equip yourself with the tools, the knowledge, and the resources you need. You must establish a firm foundation, be accountable to your results.
What are you committed to achieving this year? Haven’t though about it. Start.
Given up, failed already? Get up, and start again.
Every minute is an opportunity.