A New Year: Something You Have Never Done

Did you make a New Years resolution?  I didn’t either.  It seems that most of us are getting the general idea that we don’t keep them and the running joke is that they never last; probably a lot to do with the fact that by the end of the year we don’t even remember what we resolved to change 11 months previous.

While I didn’t make a “New Years resolution” there are still things that I am planning on for this year, things that I’m hopeful for.   I think 2013 went pretty well in most areas for me, but there is something exciting to me about starting fresh this year- new goals, new opportunities, new challenges.  I want to complete a Pinterest project this year, cook more often for friends, cut out some of the noise/ busyness of my schedule to experience down time, trust in God’s timing rather than attempting to control every situation, make 2014 a great year for my wedding planning business, volunteer more often and travel to a new country.

One of my favorite business bloggers, Michael Hyatt, shared some facts on New Years Resolutions vs. goal setting.  The article is great and worth the read here!

Here are the highlights:

  • 25 percent of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week.
  • 60 percent of people abandon them within six months. (The average person makes the same New Year’s resolution ten separate times without success.)
  • Only 5 percent of those who lose weight on a diet keep it off; 95% regain it. A significant percentage gain back more than they originally lost.
  • Even after a heart attack, only 14 percent of patients makes any lasting changes around eating or exercise.

The conclusion?  Resolutions don’t work.  Goals do.  Upon doing research, we are 42% more likely to accomplish our goals if we write them down!  The rest of his blog is great, read it, but, this is what I am committing to this year:

1- Writing down my goals as well as telling a few close friends to hold me accountable to them

2- Living in the mindset of my 2013 mantra: “If you want something you have never had, you have to do something you have never done”

I have no idea who said it, but it is applicable to everything and it challenged me more this past year than anything else ever has.  Welcome to much of my inner dialogue last year, “ok Danielle, you still want this.  What did you do last time?  How did that end? Yep, not doing that again, what am I going to choose to do differently?”

2014 is going to be a great year.

Happy New Year, may it be a year of great memories, adventures, challenges & growth!

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