The statistics are:
- Only about 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.
- The diet industry makes about $20 Billion annually, while 108 Million people are on a diet at one given time and dieters make about 4-5 attempts per year.
- 60% of the workforce claims they want to start a business, but only 20% actually do that, and up to 80% of those close up within 18 months.
Why is this? Because we tend to have the wrong motivations.
We think discipline and S.M.A.R.T. goals will get us there. We think ‘skinny’ instead of ‘healthy’. We count calories, but not nutrients. We fantasize about the money or the notoriety, not the impact.
Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment: To make real changes, we need to change the motivation. We need fulfillment.
Many of us overeat or abuse other substances because we are trying to fill a void. We think starting a business will make us rich or give us the ultimate freedom. What we forget is that we need to focus on what fulfills us and then the successes will fall into place.
If you overindulge in food or other unhealthy substances, you could journal, write, blog, paint, get out in nature, or join a social group. You could focus on feeling better, treating ailments, reducing depression and anxiety and gaining energy, over just ‘getting skinny’. Remember: “Don’t lose the weight, you might find it again.” Release the weight.
If you have a shopping habit, you could volunteer helping people less fortunate, so that you can remember that you probably have enough already. You could focus on your freedom. You could find activities that feed your soul, such as art, exercise, cooking or getting out into nature.
Want to start a business? Just go for it. And don’t give up too quickly. You can start a micro-business at zero cost and you can do it as often as needed to find what is right for you. If you focus on creating meaning, over money, then you will most likely be more prosperous in the short and long term.
What do you need fulfilled in your life to achieve your goals?