Hey there Dirt Nation,
The holidays are upon us and before you know it, we’ll be staring 2017 right in the nose. With every new year comes a year full of failed resolutions. It just never sticks. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I even make resolutions anymore?” If so, this read is for you. These are the top 3 reasons why we bail 2 weeks in. Read on.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you decide to eat healthier in 2017, don’t chomp down a big mac on 12/31 and expect yourself to 180 on 1/1 with asparagus sandwiches. It’s unrealistic and you’re setting yourself up for failure. Start NOW. And next year, start even earlier. On average it takes 66 days for a new habit to become automatic and even longer to break a bad one. That’s science. And you can read about it here.
2. One at a time, please.
If you plan to quit smoking, eat healthier meals, exercise more, spend time on your short game, get rid of negativity, keep the house clean, organize your closet, etc. and you have found yourself getting so overwhelmed on several of these that you don’t keep any of them for a whole year (who really does that?), just focus on ONE. Find what’s most important and influential and then read on.
3. Make it measurable, and hold yourself accountable
These two tactics are the MOST IMPORTANT.
MEASURABILITY – “I’m going to eat healthier this year” is detrimentally vague. Try this instead: “AT LEAST one day per week, I will eat nothing that contains preservatives, has been processed, or contains artificial ingredients or sweeteners.” Think: meats, veggies, grains, fruits, nuts
Instead of, “I’m going to spend more time on my short game,” try this: “Every practice session will be divided 1/3 full swing, 2/3 short game.” You’ll thank us next year. (It’s how the pros save pars)
ACCOUNTABILITY – Steal a tube of your wife or girlfriend’s lipstick and write your goal on your bathroom vanity mirror. Every morning when you wake up, you’ll be forced to come to terms with your goal. This builds accountability – a necessary element to striving for greatness.