But only 8% of people are always successful in achieving the desired results. 92% fail! (if you are interested in some fascinating statistics about resolutions, read this article: Interesting New Year’s Resolution Statistics)
But all is not lost. There is a better way.
Here is an article a wrote a while ago, but is timeless: Making Resolutions That Work
Or, if you prefer, you can read the variant of this article that appeared as a full-page article in the Wall Street Journal a couple of years ago (jpg).
The general premise is that instead of setting resolutions that are specific goals (e.g., lose 10 pounds, stop smoking, exercise 3 times a week), you want to create themes that help guide you and your decision making throughout the year.
These themes get me excited about the New Year. They also make activities that might have seemed tedious, more enjoyable.
Starting today I am off for a week of reflection and contemplation. Early January I will share my themes for 2014.
What are your themes for the new year?
P.S. If you want to learn more about how to live a more “present moment” life, read Goal-Free Living