It’s officially been two weeks since the New Year’s celebration. Many people made their “resolutions” and success plans for the upcoming year.
How are you doing on those plans thus far?
Studies show that the average person only sticks with their goals for the first 4-6 weeks and then they go back to their old habits. Health clubs bank on this statistic, literally!
Why does this short-lived change ring true for so many that rung in the New Year with resolutions? I believe it is partly due to the fact that people tend to re-solve (which is the definition of resolution) their problems with the same answer and attitude from years prior.
In order to create permanent change, then the solutions, attitude, and mindset need to change as well. It’s as if people get accustomed to focusing and looking in the rearview mirror of life. They get trapped in the emotions that the rearview mirror reflects; past failures, insecurities, fear, and uncertainties. When you continue to look back then you miss everything that is right in front of you.
And what is right in front of you?
You’ll find truth, success, certainty, self-esteem, and other opportunities for growth. The path ahead may have curves and bumps, but with each curve and bump that you victoriously conquer then you’re that much closer to your ultimate success goals.
I have a friend that has a great desire to see change, but continues to focus on what happened in the past with anticipation that it will happen again in the future. With a mindset like that, be rest assured that the only change in life for my friend will be the change in seasons.
What you focus on will either keep you trapped in the past or it will free you to live in the present and be excited about the future.
No matter your goals for the year, focus on the path ahead so you don’t run into anything unexpectedly. Be intentionally prepared and don’t set yourself up for failure. Make goals that are attainable, journal along the way, get an accountability partner or coach, and celebrate each small goal that will get you to your ultimate goal. Break the rearview mirror if you must….it’s time for you to live for today and the days ahead!