Vic Johnson a leading goal setting and motivational expert often tells people to forget about making New Year's resolutions if they want to be successful in reaching their goals. "Most aren't worth the paper they are written on" he says.
The reason most New Years resolutions are abandoned before January is over and even not remembered six months later is because they are not inspiring. For example wanting to lose weight in the New Year will not inspire or excite anyone because you are responding to a negative situation or habit. It's the basic human condition. We always reluctantly move away from something but easily run towards it
Johnson in an article written for various media outlets says that "No one can get excited about losing weight - it requires deprivation. It's a negative response to concerns about appearance, health, etc. A recent survey found that more than three-fourths of all women between the ages of 25 and 54 make diet and weight-loss plans each year. Nearly nine of 10 respondents reported only occasional or no success, while almost half lost little or actually gained weight instead."
"The people who succeed at losing weight and maintaining the loss have usually been motivated by a dream much bigger and more positive than just losing weight," explains Johnson. "They see themselves living a healthy lifestyle. They begin to act and think like people who are in good physical shape. There's more of a radical change in a person's thinking and actions than you see with most resolutions. It wouldn't be possible to effect and sustain such a radical change unless the person is motivated by a big dream that is positive in nature."
Health and Happiness
Published On: December 30, 2008