Did you know that, according to U.S. News, approximately 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by the second week of February?
Essentially that means most people have given up on their resolutions already!
New Year’s Resolutions just don’t work for most people.
There are a lot of reasons why these resolutions don’t lead to long lasting change:
Sometimes it’s because our resolutions were motivated by feelings of fear, pride, guilt or shame. Often these come from the “should” place verses the “want” place. And while those feelings can create a big spark for change, unless we shift our energy and consciousness, that spark won’t have the tinder to light the long burning fire that sustainable change requires.
Sometimes resolutions fail because they’re too broad and amorphous. I often hear things like, “I want to get healthy,” or “I want to lose weight,” or “I want have more work/life balance.” Although these are wonderful goals to work towards, they’re not specific enough to pull us into sustainable action.
As practioners who help people transform and change their lives, we know that true change is hard. It’s why people hire us! For the average person to achieve long-term, sustainable change, their desire for the change needs to be 10x stronger than the obstacles and challenges in their way. That is why first having clarity of vision and then getting deeply anchored to the heart of your desire can be so powerful. When you do this, you can tap into your motivation and what it is that will motivate you. (And we all know that this motivation is different for each and every one of us).
Your connection to deep motivation is what will create the fuel for this fire so it can sustain you through the ups and downs of your journey. Think about what you deeply desire to change in your life and business and ask yourself, “What will motivate me to:”
- Do what it takes to build a full practice?
- Stay on track with my morning meditation and yoga routine?
- Create better boundaries between my work and home life?
Tip: If you’re having trouble connecting to that motivation, look at your big past accomplishments. What motivated you then? Hint – these are usually connected to your Core Values getting met!
When you’re really tapped into your desires and your core motivation, the challenges feel smaller. Some of the challenges will even disappear because you realize that they’re self-imposed.
Now I want to hear from you: if your goal for this year is to build a full practice, how are you breaking this goal down into smaller, manageable chunks of deliberate, daily actions? What is your motivation and how will you stay anchored to it?
When these answers are clear, you are creating a space for resonant action in your business that will lead to having that full practice. If you need support to get there, I’d love to talk to you. Sign up for a business breakthrough session today.
Tara Butler Floch