I hate to be the bearer of bad news but studies show that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after 30 days and only 8% of people will actually accomplish them by year end.
But you do not have to be a statistic, you have me and my no bullshit advice.
I believe that the majority of people fail to achieve their new years resolutions because although they enter them with the best intentions they leave out 3 key components to successful goal setting.
1. Why do you want to accomplish this goal?
2. What consistent actions can you take to help you accomplish your goal?
3. Why Haven’t I Accomplished This Already?
If asked to define self care the first images that spring to mind are Instagram posts of bubble baths, Netflix binge sessions, shopping sprees and a tub of ice cream. It’s what I see on social media and what most of my friends define it as when I asked them.
However, once I shake those enticing images out of my head, I would respond that our current view of what self-care looks like is simplistic, harmful and generally bullshit that encourages weakness and discourages growth.
Once upon a time I too subscribed to todays current form of self care. Whenever I felt shitty about my day I would go shopping and ride that endorphin rush that came from swiping my Visa like I would if Jason Mamoa was up in my bedroom right now, hard and to frequently.
We never have enough of it and it goes by too fast.
Time is also the number one reason people give for not working out.
It makes sense, we live in a society that prioritizes being busy, specifically in the pursuit of career goals. Add in family responsibilities, a social life and just the run of the mill things we all have to do to maintain a household. It doesn’t leave much time left to get in a workout.