Any idea what percentage of Resolutions are still intact after the month of January? Well, let’s get into it.
Happy Friday everyone, Thomas with Business on Purpose here.
Recent studies have shown that just under 30% of resolutions stick beyond the month of January! That’s wild!
More than 2 out of every 3 New Years Resolutions are given up on by the end of January. I laughed when I read this, but there’s even a day called “Quitter’s Day” where Scientists expect you to fail on your resolutions…and it’s January 19th!
So, make it past the 19th and you can successfully say you beat quitter’s day!
I’m kidding, but the obvious question stands to be asked…how do you follow through? How do you make it? How do you implement change?
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Well, if you subscribe to our podcast, which you should, or if you’ve followed along on Facebook, which you need to be doing, you’ve heard us talk about Habits. Habits are what is left over after your resolutions have failed!
So…STOP MAKING RESOLUTIONS!!! Start making habits.
So how do we do that? How do we make sure to instill habits that will work for a long period of time instead of one’s that are quickly over on “Quitter’s Day?”
Well, I’m going to give you a book to read, and 3 practical ways to begin implementing habits that last instead of resolutions that fade.
First, a book to add to your list. It’s called Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s powerful, practical and a quick read. We don’t get any kickbacks from them, just want to help you on your way to accomplishing your Vision for 2021.
Ok, so the first thing I want to do is touch on a pitfall that keeps people from creating habits and combat that with a practical strategy.
The first Pitfall I see is people focusing on the finish line instead of the process. People spend all of this time thinking about the destination, the end result, the losing 20 lbs, the doubling your revenue. But you can’t lose 20 lbs if you can’t lose 2. You can’t double your revenue if you can’t grow sales this week.
It’s why we focus so hard on the 12 Week Year! It’s splitting your BIG goals into bite-sized chunks and doubling down on the process instead of the end result. You know what happens? You build daily habits for achieving those goals. You find ways to get it done today…instead of getting overwhelmed with getting it done for the year! Habits start with baby steps and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and defeated by focusing on the end goal that’s so far away.
Number two…have no skin in the game! This is why 90% of the machines are sitting there empty at Planet Fitness. There’s not enough skin in the game. If you don’t go work out, what’s the big deal…it’s only $10 a month! It doesn’t sting, it doesn’t propel you to go and make good on your investment. Now, don’t go and throw money away! But there is something to taking a step that you FEEL. I spent years saying…I’ll get in shape. But not until I spent my hard-earned money did I start going 4-5 days a week. But the cost forced me to make a habit! And that’s what counts.
So, what are the investments you need to make that will force you to develop a habit? That will sting until you do something about it? Is it investing in a new employee? Is it spending money on an estimating software that you know you need? Again, don’t throw money away, but put enough skin in the game to force yourself to learn a new habit and get moving! Trust me, those motivating factors can get you going immediately.
The last thing I see all too often is people trying to do it alone. It sounds like common sense, but having someone to push you and hold you accountable is paramount to establishing habits that last. Who have you shared your resolutions with? Who have you told your Vision/your dreams with? Is someone checking up on your progress weekly?
That’s why we speak about our 12 week plans every single week in our team meetings! It’s accountability. There’s nowhere to hide! But if I know I’m going to be asked about my goals…I start building habits to get there.
So who do you need to invite in? Who will help you on your journey? Encourage you when you’re frustrated? Pick you up when you need it? Find that person or that group and do the same for them. We can’t do it alone! We weren’t designed to do it alone but were created to do life in community. Don’t believe the lie that you can do it alone.
So get after it today…revisit those resolutions that you set for 2021 and figure out what habits you need to implement to reach them. Again, your habits are what’s left after your resolutions fall by the wayside. So use those habits to push them all forward and accomplish your Vision for 2021.
I promise you it will be worth it.
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Scott Beebe is the founder of Business On Purpose, author of Let Your Business Burn: Stop Putting Out Fires, Discover Purpose, And Build A Business That Matters. Scott also hosts The Business On Purpose Podcast and can be found at mybusinessonpurpose.com.