Do you do New Year’s resolutions? Not to be a Debbie downer but the latest statistic from Forbes Health/One says 91% of Americans fail at their New Year's resolutions. More than half abandon their goals within the first three months of the year.
Boy that is a statistic. Can I just say whether you are part of the 91% or the 9%, I think we can all agree that the last thing we really need to do is put ourselves down and beat ourselves up about anything else.
If you caught some of our educators New Year’s messages to you, I really resonated with many of them. But in terms of today’s conversation, our educator Ashley Jackson was talking about instead of a New Year’s resolution or making it a New Year New You, how about you just daily take small steps to be a better you. Take small steps to whatever you are working towards. Implement this regardless of the time of year.
The immense pressure we put on ourselves to do these resolutions is tremendous. And then if or when we slip up, we throw in the towel all together. I am guessing at that point of throwing in the towel you had likely made some kind of progress. Is there really a time limit on this goal you had in mind?
While it can be important and beneficial to set a goal and work towards it, we need to remember we are all running our own race. If it takes longer, that’s ok, you still DID IT!
Please, be kind to yourself. Cheer yourself on. Give yourself some space and grace. Remember many times there are learning curves and bumps along the way but it’s all part of the process. We are rooting for you!