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Setting Goals Isn’t Working

Have you ever experienced the frustration and disappointment of knowing you want to change certain areas of your life but just can’t sustain motivation? You try setting goals but you don’t follow through on your intentions and end up more discontent than ever? Unfortunately, it is habitual for many people to set New Year’s resolutions in January only for the momentum to fall away by the end of the month.

I recently saw some startling statistics on New Year’s resolutions:

  1.  • 25% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week
  2.  • 60% abandon them after 6 month
  3.  • The average person makes the same resolution ten separate times without success
  4.  • 95% of those who lose weight on a diet regain it
  5.  • A significant percentage regain more than they originally lost
  6.  • Even after a heart attack, only 1 in 7 patients make an enduring change around eating or exercise

Why do we find it so difficult to stick to our goals?

Quite simply, we aren’t sure how to set goals properly.

How many times have you heard people say, “I really should start going to the gym again!” or “I’ll start on that diet after the New Year!” or “I want to start seeing more of my friends”. The problem with ‘should’, ‘could’ or ‘want to’ is that there isn’t a real commitment. There is no strong sense of purpose that will drive you forward and keep you on track. So what happens next? You take action for a short period of time then it fades away until you stop altogether. That then leads to feelings of frustration, discontentment and guilt.

Does that routine sound familiar? My guess is that for many people it is a routine that has failed time and time again.

So how do you go about setting goals effectively?

In our next blog article ‘Guide to effective goal-setting in 2016’ we will lay out the steps you can take to ensure this is the year that you stick with your goals and have your best year ever!

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