Amanda O'Reilly

New Year = New Habits

Happy New Year! Research shows that nearly 80% of us who make resolutions fail to keep them by Super Bowl Sunday. Whoa! That’s quite the stat. Why is that?

There are two reasons why we’re so bad at reaching our goals: The first is that we bite off more than we can chew because we are eager for change, but lack a vision, a plan or clear goals. The second reason we fail to achieve success is that old habits die hard, and when there aren’t simple rituals and disciplines in place, we tend to dance with the devil we already know instead of staying the course.

What’s your WHY (reasons come first, answers come second)? How will you do it? What tools, strategies, or resources do you need to make it happen? When we have a clear vision and leverage as to WHY we want something it gives us more than just a target to aim for, it helps us change our behaviour and create new habits. It’s really easy to get off-course in life. Like airplanes, we constantly need to make course corrections to stay the path to arrive at our destination.

If you haven’t made any strides with your goals thus far; fret not we have 12 brand new months ahead of us. Some great questions to help you get on your way would be:

  • What is your destination? ( your endgame/goal ) If you don’t know, set one.
  • How are you going to get there? ( strategy, mind map, team, resources )
  • How off course are you at this point? ( you gotta know where you are in order to get where you’re going )
  • How can you minimize the potholes or the turbulence in your life to get you to your destination?
  • How committed are you?

Most of us have tons of things we “hope” to do, would “like” to do, “should” do, but they aren’t a MUST. If something isn’t a MUST, it will never get done and there will always be an excuse. Fundamentally, there are two kinds of decisions you can make: intellectual decisions and emotional decisions. Once you understand these things on an emotional level, you are able to turn your shoulds into MUSTS. This is the pivotal point, this is the game changer, this is when you get leverage on yourself. This is when you’re compelled to take action. A decision is not a real decision until it is a MUST for you, until you feel it on a cellular level, until and you are compelled to take action.

It’s really easy to get off-course with our goals if we aren’t careful. Like airplanes and road trips, we have to constantly make course corrections to stay on course. Once you have a vision and a destination you can hustle, but wait … there’s one last piece, you must decide to commit.

The moment you claim to be committed to something in your life, the universe will be sure to test that commitment so it can weed out the imposters. The question becomes, are you willing to take the hits again and again and slay the imposters to move into the land of ALL possibilities where YOUR dreams actually do come true? Are you willing to be knocked down over and over again, but continue to get back up, because you know that on the other side of the “testing ground” is the EPIC life you’ve been dreaming about.

TRUTH TALK: That one final push that takes everything you’ve got is to see just how dedicated you TRULY are… FYI this is where most people quit, don’t be like everyone else. Each setback is actually a set up for your success; you’re getting closer and closer to your dream. Take action and when the curveball comes your way, decide you are more committed to that epic dream then the safety of the known because all the magic lies in the uncertainty of life anyways.

Commit. Hustle. Succeed. To your success in 2018!