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New Year’s resolutions – Why do most people give up on them before the end of January?

Research shows that most people give up on New Year’s Resolutions before the end of January?
How do we make sure we are living the life we want to be living instead of just living a shell of what we could be experiencing? What does it take to be enjoying more out of life?

First, we have to be able to separate our dreams from our goals. There are many definitions that separate dreams from goals but I like this one: A dream is what you would like for life to be and hold all the items and thoughts special to you. A goal is what you intend to make happen.

Many people dream of an ideal life that they would like to have someday. They even go so far as to dream the perfect future life with great many concrete details. They do not; however, move forward to set specific goals for one main reason. They never really intend to pursue their dream and turn it into reality. Goals are intentional. They are rooted in commitment and a desire to do whatever it takes to make a dream come true. A goal is not a whim. It is a true lasting, worthwhile dream taken one step farther to the point that you are willing to put numbers, places, facts and details to it. The key point is to always keep a focus towards reaching the goal you have set. Ask yourself a simple question, “How will I know when I am living my life dream?” Your answer will dictate the specific goals connected with your dream.

At this point people get frustrated with New Year’s Resolutions and goals. It can get to be overwhelming. We start out with the best of intentions and then 80% or more of New Year’s Resolutions are dropped by the end of January. Over the next couple of months, we are going to look at how we can break down and balance our goals. We want to feel like we have a chance at accomplishing those goals most important to us.

We are going to focus on the wheel of life and how this wheel makes us feel as we go down the road of life. Are we having a smooth ride because our goals are balanced? Or do we feel major bumps and bangs because our wheel is out of alignment? You will be able to work on your own spokes and how you can balance out your own wheel of life. This is a valuable tool for goal planning.

The wheel consists of six spokes that support your wheel of life. The six spokes focus on the following topics in no particular order: Fitness and Health, Knowledge and Education, Spiritual and Ethical, Social and Friends, Family and Home, Career and Financial.

Here is what it looks like when you attach the topics to the spokes.

During the next few months we will explore each spoke and its relevance and balance for you. You will be able to personalize your wheel and see how balanced your wheel is currently. Then the focus shifts to where you would like to work on balancing some goals. The wheel represents a snapshot for where you are today. It helps you plan on where you would like to go. This will be a fun adventure while providing a helpful tool.
Thanks for coming along.