Each year, around the world, millions of people make resolutions as they step into a New Year. These generally revolve around improving health, financial management, career goals, personal interests, etc. According to a Finder survey, close to 189 million adult Americans (74% of the population) made a New Year’s resolution for 2021. The not-so-good news is that a vast majority of these New Year’s resolutions will fail and only a very small percentage of individuals will actually achieve the goals they set for themselves in January.
There are many strategies that can be employed to help increase the success rate for these resolutions such as keeping them small and measurable, writing them down, sharing with someone for accountability, etc. It is obvious that achieving the goals we lay down for ourselves needs our will power as changing an existing or adopting a new behavior requires self-discipline, but I want to highlight a strategy that is even more important and makes a lot more sense to me personally. This is the why power i.e., listing ‘why’ a particular resolution or goal is important. Laying down the reason why our goal is important will help provide the motivation that is needed to make progress towards the goal. Our will power can get us started on the path towards our goal. The why power will make the goal truly meaningful and keep us going until we reach our destination.
So, take some time to think about the ‘why’ behind your New Year’s resolutions this year – it is not too late, and it may be the missing link between you and success! I would like to end with the following quote about why-power:
“Forget about willpower. It’s time for why-power. Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams. The wisest and most motivating choices are the ones aligned with that which you identify as your purpose, your core self, and your highest values. You’ve got to want something, and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up too easily.”
― Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
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