Make A New Year’s Resolution That Lasts!
Most resolutions don’t last
Approximately 80 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions have dropped them by the second week of February. Tell us if any of these resonate from past resolution experiences: focused on a long term goal, focused on end result, lack of self-belief, what you picked was highly unenjoyable, tried too hard, you didn’t track your progress, no social support, and you didn’t know why you were doing it. If any of these sound familiar, and they should, as most people fall into one of these categories, it’s time to recalibrate and try a different approach. Kakana’s approach to New Year’s Resolutions is all about details and specific actions. There are zero grand statements and full of accountability.
Ok, What do we do?
Start with a specific, measurable, short-term goal.
If you say you want to get in better shape as your New Year’s Resolution. What does that mean? How will you accomplish that? A more specific goal would be to do 250 live Kakana classes this coming year. But again, you are setting yourself up for failure. Start with the first week of January and sign up for 5. You will be motivated which is driven by emotion, and that can be a huge positive early on. Get past week one and sign up for five classes in week two.
Build away from motivation and towards the creation of a habit
You already do things during your daily life that are successful. Attach what you want to accomplish to those habits. If you want to do five live classes a week. Sign up for all five on the same day. Don’t allow yourself to be talked out of it because you are tired that day and didn’t sign up. You are signed up already, so show up. This will help to create a new habit that will stick.
Make success easy
If you know you are tired in the evenings, sign up for morning classes, or vice versa, if you can’t get up in the morning, sign up for the evening classes. A New Year’s Resolution that is painful is one that ends on February 10th. Set a schedule that works for you, that you can be successful inside of, and stick to it. Being consistent and disciplined will help you accomplish your goals. A scattershot approach will work for a day or two, but what happens once work and life start getting in the way? If you have a consistent schedule then that schedule becomes a habit and you carve the rest of work and life around your goal.
Track your work
How many miles did you cycle in your workout? How many repetitions did you do? How many times days in a row did you participate? Pick some metrics to keep track of which will help show your progress. It’s not pass or fail, it gives you a chance to improve on yesterday. That leads us to the next one.
Don’t worry about bad days
There are going to be some terrible days in 2021, maybe you did considerably worse than you wanted to during the workout. Maybe the instructor wasn’t motivating you, or something was off with your equipment. Have a short-term memory and move on. One day doesn’t form a habit, no different than what we talked about above. The best athletes or entrepreneurs or business folk in the world are best at forgetting. They don’t worry about a screw-up, they learn from it, and push ahead.
Form your social network
It’s vital to be able to share, talk, and experience what you are doing with friends, family, or taking our example, other Kakana members. Take classes that you are all in together, chat about the class, what you did well, what you need to improve on, and use that to cycle your emotion back to the forefront which will provide a whole new round of motivation for you to blast through that brick wall dated the second week of February.