It’s the end of the first quarter of the year. By now the majority of people have already broken their New Year Resolutions. Studies show that by the end of January 80% have already abandoned them all together.
It’s now the end of the third month, end of the first quarter of the year. How are you faring with the resolutions you set back in January?
I know all the gyms and fitness centres are not as busy as they were in the new year. I’m sure they don’t mind though because most of you are still paying for the membership even though you’re not there.
I want to challenge you to revisit your goals. Even if you already quit. It’s not too late to start again. Take some time to reflect on what it was you said you’d do. Ask yourself honestly if you’ve truly put in the necessary effort to reach the goals.
If you have, then you should pat yourself on the back. You’ve managed to do something many people have not and that’s worth celebrating. It’s important that you reward yourself in some way for your achievement if you’ve stayed on course.
For those who have not, it’s time to ‘pull up your boot straps’ and get things done.
1. Write down an action plan of what you need to do to get back on track.
There’s something about when you’ve written it down that makes it more likely you will act. Make your steps small actionable ones so you don’t feel so overwhelmed that you just give up again.
2. Find an accountability partner.
Someone who can hold you accountable for doing the things you’re supposed to in order to succeed. This is like having a coach. People who have someone pushing them or even just asking what your progress is, can help you stay on course.
3. Keep your end goal in mind.
If you read Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you’ll discover that habit number two says, “Begin with the end in mind.” This habit is about harnessing your imagination. You have to visualize the end goal and keep it at the top of your mind.
When you have the final goal at the forefront of your mind, it keeps you laser focused on the reason you’re taking those steps right now. In moments of discouragement, think about that end goal and remember that is the reason.
Try these steps for the next few months and re-evaluate where you are at the end of June.