|Forget New Year's Resolutions
- They Don't Work
“You can forget about making New Year’s Resolutions if you’re
hoping for a successful outcome. Most aren’t worth the paper
they’re written on,” says Vic Johnson, a leading goal setting
and motivation expert.
Most New Year’s Resolutions have gone by the wayside before
January is over and most won’t even be remembered six months
later. And the reason is pretty simple. Most are made in
response to something negative; a habit or situation that the
person wants to change or end. And therein lies the problem –
it’s hard to develop momentum from a negative response. It is
always easier to move toward something than away from something.
Consider one of the most adopted goals — weight loss. No one can
get excited about losing weight – it requires deprivation. It’s
a negative response to concerns about appearance, health, etc.
The results of weight loss New Year’s Resolutions demonstrate
their weakness. A 1998 survey sponsored by Gardenburger found
that more than three-fourths of all women between the ages of 25
and 54 make diet and weight-loss plans each year. Nearly nine of
10 respondents reported only occasional or no success, while
almost half lost little or actually gained weight instead.
“The people who succeed at losing weight and maintaining the
loss have usually been motivated by a dream much bigger and more
positive than just losing weight,” explains Johnson. “They see
themselves living a healthy lifestyle. They begin to act and
think like people who are in good physical shape. There’s more
of a radical change in a person’s thinking and actions than you
see with most resolutions. It wouldn’t be possible to effect and
sustain such a radical change unless the person is motivated by
a big dream that is positive in nature.”
Another popular aim is to quit smoking. Johnson himself was a
three-pack-a-day smoker until he celebrated a smoke-free New
Year’s twelve years ago. “For over twenty years I had tried to
quit many times using every tool and technique I’d hear about.
But as long as I was trying to quit, I couldn’t break the grip.
Instead, I developed a dream to become a non-smoker. I fell in
love with the idea of breathing clean air instead of smoky air,
of my body and clothes smelling nice instead of smoky. I thought
about how wonderful it would be to taste food again. I decided
to start acting and thinking like a non-smoker, and when the
thinking took hold I simply quit smoking. In all the years
since, I’ve never wanted another cigarette, never even thought
about wanting one.”
According to Johnson, the best goal to set is one that calls for
the individual to create a plan for their life based on a set of
personal dreams. “Most people are in a free-fall through life,
careening from one crisis to the next. If you were going to
build a new house and you had this idea for a fabulous master
bedroom suite, you wouldn’t rush out and start building the
master bedroom. You’d have a complete plan before you started.
When you approach resolutions and goals in the same manner, you
end up with a much better chance of achieving success.”
(c) 2004-2006 Vic Johnson
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