The end of the year is quickly approaching. Each year Americans are in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions and each year millions of people don’t make it past January 2nd. Do any of these top ten resolutions sound familiar?
- Lose weight
- Get organized
- Spend Less,Save More
- Enjoy life
- Stay fit and healthy
- Learn something exciting
- Quit smoking
- Help others in their dreams
- Fall in love
- Spend more time with family
In a recent study by the University of Scranton,Journal of Clinical Psychology only eight (8) percent of people who make resolutions actually achieve their goals. So what’s the problem?
Here are a few reasons why people do not reach their resolutions:
1. They have unrealistic Goals-one of the foundations of goal setting is having realistic goals. If you have not exercised in 15 years, don’t expect to run a marathon in 3 months. Chances are, if this happens you will end up in the hospital or grave. Unrealistic goals will limit your chances of success.
2. Their goals are not written done-A written goal is a powerful reminder of what you want. It provides clarity and focus to your plans. Putting your goals on paper brings them to life. Only two percent of Americans actually write down their goals. Take time to put your goals on paper.
3.They want the results without the work-Success is not an accident nor is it magic. There’s no waving of the wand or uttering a magic spell that will make your goals come to life overnight. Success comes when you prepare and plan for the things that you want. Only through hard work,persistence and dedication will your dreams come to fruition.
4. They don’t prepare-What builder do you know who begins to construct a house without a blueprint? Would you want a construction team who didn’t receive training until they arrived on the scene to start building your hme? Of course not. Then why do we think that we can make a lifestyle change,achieve new goals or pursue our dreams without preparation? Take time to prepare for your success.
5.They quit too soon-Napoleon Hill told this story of a man searching for gold during the California Gold Rush in his book, “Think and Grow Rich”.
For months upon months this man went about prospecting for gold in the hills. Somehow he just knew that he would strike gold.Everyday he got up early in the morning and walked to the hills in search of his “fortune”. He found some gold here and there. But never anything to write home about. He finally gave up digging because he was convinced that he could not find the “mother load” he was searching for. Hearing this, another prospector came to him and offered to buy all his tools. The man agreed and sold all his tools for whatever money he could get for them. This prospector then went on to hire a land surveyor, an engineer and geologist, all whom combined their knowledge and went to work on the mine where the first man had been digging without results. After studying the area and the mine, the men discovered that the first man had been literally three feet from where the real gold deposit was. Literally 3 FEET! The poor prospector who had given up was so close to the gold, he could reach out and touch it. But there was no way he could know this because he gave up too soon, and he did not have the proper tools for thehe heard about the discovery, the man could do nothing but wonder what might have been.
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