How Many People Stick To Their Resolutions?
I was doing some research on New Years resolutions and found some pretty interesting information. I was happy to find out that out of the top 10 New Years resolutions in 2014 #1 was weight loss, #4 was life to the fullest, #5 was staying fit and healthy, and #8 was to help others in their dreams. In my opinion these are all pretty awesome resolutions because they all revolve around living healthy, happy, fulfilling lives. As I read on I was saddened to realize that the percentage of people that were actually successful in achieving their resolutions was only 8%....8%!! I sat there and put some serious thought into WHY only 8% of people actually are successful with their resolutions. Clearly based on the resolutions that are most popular, these people are good, solid individuals, so what held them back? I thought back to my resolutions over the years. I had many of years where getting into shape was a resolution, and many years where I was not part of the successful 8%. What was it that finally changed for me, what made me stick to that plan? I remember the time that I actually made the decision.
In November of 2012 I decided it was time to stop talking, and start doing. I decided to take that step and get myself fit and healthy. A friend of mine was nice enough to help me, and the two of us started going to the gym 5 days a week for hours at a time. Although I was going, and making the effort, something wasn't fitting for me. It was then that she suggested a challenge group that a friend of hers was having. The group started the Monday after New Years and was called New Year = New You. This challenge consisted of me working out to videos in the privacy of my own home, and checking into a daily online support group to hold myself accountable. Having social anxiety, the thought of not having to work out in front of others was appealing to me, but the thought of being held accountable by others scared the crap out of me! BUT I really wanted this to work, so I figured why not?? I got my stuff ordered in December so come January, I had NO EXCUSES....and I didn't. I started the challenge, and 90 days later I was well on my way to becoming the person I had always wanted to be. I had never stuck with anything for that long....EVER. This coming January it will be 3 years since that first challenge and I still have not given up. I press play daily, I stick to my clean eating plan, and since then have become a coach and help others the same way my coach helped me. My initial resolution was to lose weight, but I am happy to say that I have achieved all 4 of those top 10 resolutions that I stated earlier. I lost the weight, have stayed fit and healthy since then, I feel with all my soul that I am living life to the fullest, and through coaching I help others achieve their dreams.
What was it that made me finally stick with it? It was that I wasn't relying on just one thing! I had the fitness through the workout program, the nutrition through Shakeology and clean eating, as well as the support, accountability, and guidance from my coach, and challenge group members. All of these things together have led me to be successful in my 2012 resolution, and become the happiest, and healthiest that I have ever been.
So why not you? What is your New Years resolution? Even if it is not health and fitness related what is your plan to be successful? Do you have one?
If your resolution is similar to the ones listed above, and you do want to be part of the 8% that is actually successful, I can help you! I have several challenge groups starting in the new year, and would love to do for YOU what my coach did for ME. If you would like to be a part of a challenge group in the New Year or one of my November or December challenges, please fill out the form below.
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