As we turn to the New Year, we often start thinking about all the stuff we said we were going to do but didn’t do in the last year. The resolutions we made and stuck to for about 3 weeks before forgetting them. According to Forbes, only 8% of people achieve their New Years resolutions. That means there are 92% of people that, at best, feel ok about missing their goals, and at worst feel like a big loser.
On top of not meeting our resolutions, how often do you lie awake at night thinking about the blunders of the year: the deal you didn’t close, the marathon you didn’t run, the botched presentation, and all other manner of “mistakes”.
Before you make up some bright, shiny new resolutions for 2016, I challenge you to draft your resolutions from a place of positivity, not from a place of self-loathing. And to get there:
1) Take out a piece of paper and write down all the good things that you accomplished this year and give yourself a big mental pat on the back for each one. You might be surprised by how much you accomplished, and it may overshadow any resolutions you didn’t quite achieve.
4) Promise to be kind to yourself in the New Year – actually that may be the best resolution of all!