How To Avoid Week 2, New Year’s Resolution Blues?

By George L. Rosario, Bible Based Business Consultant at GC Rosario Group

Every year, millions of people in the United States and around the world make New Year’s resolutions. The goal of these resolutions is to set new goals like making more money, finding a new, more rewarding job, working out and improving one’s health, mending broken relationships, saying goodbye to some toxic relationships, and living better, more fulfilling lives. These are just some of the goals people set for themselves. Having done some research, the top three goals set by people are make more money (or find a better job), get fit (join a gym and stick with it), and find love (a husband or a wife).

Did you know?
It’s only the second week of a New Year and many people are already feeling the pressure of keeping their New Year’s resolution, while others are already feeling the guilt of failing to keep their New Year’s resolution. While this can be discouraging, did you know only 7% of people keep all their resolutions for the year, while 19% only kept some of the resolutions on their list. That means that 81–93% of people will break their resolution before the year is done. There’s no need to beat yourself up for breaking a resolution.

How to win?
There are things you can do to make sure you fall in the top 7% of performers when it comes to your New Year’s resolutions. We’ve been studying them for years, and have come up with some key points of action that will help you win at the New Year’s resolution game.

Keep your faith, enthusiasm, passion, energy, optimism and excitement levels up! You don’t have to be a life coach, business consultant, Pastor, a personal trainer, a motivational speaker, or specialist to know that if you are not passionate, energetic, enthusiastic, optimistic, excited and full of faith when you are going for any goal, your chances of succeeding are slim to none. As an entrepreneur and business consultant for years, with a track record of success, I’ve witnessed this advice help those who listen. Want to win? Listen!

I’ve given spoken to thousands of clients about how important attitude is when attempting a goal. I’ve shared it with anyone and everyone who I thought might listen. I’m not the only expert that teaches on attitude. Millions of speakers, teachers, seminar coaches, authors & writers, mentors, parents and leaders have taught this throughout the years. and It’s the topic of speeches, classes, seminars, books, magazine articles, debates, training sessions, etc.

Attitude isn’t everything though. When it comes to your New Year’s resolution, you need a formula that will help you accomplish the goals. I want to share something with you that came to light a few years ago. It’s something I had missed before then, and something that is reinforced daily, even today.

I’ve engaged in countless conversations at New Year’s Eve parties, end of the year gatherings, office events, etc. in which many people share the goals they’ve set for themselves in the upcoming year. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the phrase “New Year, New Me” spoken at these events. That’s where most people set themselves up for failure.

Two thirds of the people I’ve spoken to set goals that are no where near anything they’ve accomplished up to that point. We all know these people. They are the ones that say they will have six pack abs in a month, they will lose half their current weight in the upcoming year, they will make their first million before the summer, they will buy a new house and they will write 10 best selling novels. These are the same people who are drinking a six pack of bear at the party, eating twice as much as anyone else, have never made any significant moves to make more money than the $30K they make today, they’ve never even rented an apartment without having 2+ roommates or they still live in mom’s basement, and those who think they will be writing 10 best sellers in a year have never written, or read an entire book. It’s wild that they honestly believe they will accomplish the never before accomplished goals they set for themselves as New Year’s resolutions.

But, what if they kept this level of faith and determination throughout the entire upcoming year? What if they read these goals every night before they went to sleep and every morning when they woke up? What if they set an alarm on their phone or in their calendar that set aside a Sacred Hour that they would dedicate daily to accomplishing these resolutions? What if they found accountability partners in the form of mentors and consultants to help them stay on track? What if they kept a journal in which they would write down all the small daily victories they experience along the way? What if they prayed more, studied more, worked more and reached for more than they ever have before? What if they spoke positive affirmations over themselves daily while brushing their teeth or drinking their morning coffee? What if they What if they cut off all negativity-driven haters and naysayers (wrote a blog about this one), and only engaged positivity-driven believers on their daily walk? What if they brought their entire plan to God first? I know I listed a lot of what ifs just now, but what if? Do you think they would have a better chance to make it?

The biggest hurdle any BIG dreamer has to overcome is that when you make BIGGER plans that involve BIGGER actions and BIGGER wins than any you’ve experienced before, you need to prepare for it adequately. Look, if you are planning on going a few hundred feet off shore to fish, you don’t necessarily need a large boat and months worth of provisions. But if you are planning on traveling around the world by sea, you better get yourself a BIGGER ship, and pack your provisions accordingly. The Bible teaches us the importance of proper preparation, planning and packing in many places. When you have the time, read Proverbs 24:27, Proverbs 6:6–8, Proverbs 16:3, and Proverbs 16:9. If you can’t tell, I get a lot of my business wisdom from the Book of Proverbs.

The road of life is not free from roadblocks, traps, detours, mistakes, hills, mountains, slips, crashes, traffic jams and officers who enforce the speed limit. Then of course you have those who are not thinking of anyone but themselves (like lousy drivers). You will run into people who will cut you off, swerve into your lane, move too slow, move too fast, break the law, suffer from road rage and in some occasions, they may even flip you the bird. These are the obstacles and events that will make quitters quit if they set huge New Year’s goals without preparing for the road ahead.

How to stay motivated?
How do you stay focused on your goals? How do you make sure that New Year’s resolution doesn’t become yet another failure for you, and another reason for you to quit? How do we stop you from breaking that New Year’s resolution over the next months, weeks, days, hours or before you finish reading this?

My prosperity, production and progress are directly related to what I feed my brain. I have not subscribed to cable since 2016. I do not watch the news. I don’t argue about President Donald J. Trump or President Joe Biden. I definitely have no time to waste listening to Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or any other celebrity status politician. I do not listen to music that promotes violence or sexual immorality. I’ve been to the movies maybe 4 times in the past 5 years. I do not listen to hate groups that spread negativity-driven lies about people of other groups. I don’t watch The View or any other misinformation spreading, population brainwashing talk show. I do not welcome new age wisdom like horoscopes and tarot card readers into my life. I do not subscribe to stuff like The Secret without taking it to God’s Holy Word first.

Here’s a BIG one! I don’t listen to celebrity gossip shows or get into arguments over yesterday’s sports games. I guarantee you that Kim Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West aka Ye, Travis Scott, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Kendall Jenner, Elsa Pataky, Emma Watson, Elisabetta Canalis, Kate Beckinsale, Emilia Clarke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Green, Marion Cotillard, Ben Affleck, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Stewart, Beyonce, Jay Z, Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Bruce Jenner, Miley Cyrus, Johnny Depp, Shawn Mendes, Will Smith, The Rock Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Shia LaBeouf, Leonardo DiCaprio, Simon Cowell, Lindsay Lohan, John Travolta, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Swift, Phil Robertson, Brad Pitt, Chrissy Teigen, LeBron James, John Mayer, Mel Gibson, Jaden Smith, Julia Roberts, James Franco, Zac Efron, Angelina Jolie, Tyler Perry, Willow Smith, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Madonna, Lionel Messi, Stephen Curry, Anne Hathaway, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and any other celebrities spent no time talking about you, following you, learning about you or dreaming about being you last year. How much time did you spend on gossip and news about them? If you know anything about any of these celebrities’ private lives, you’ve already wasted too much valuable time.

I had to learn that any mental real estate I rent out to negativity is space that is no longer available to be occupied by positivity. I’ve learned that if I continue feeding my brain with positive, motivational, inspirational material that will help fuel my journey, I will find it easier to stay on track. I feed my brain content that inspires the right attitude within me and keeps my focus pointed in the right direction. I learned that if I purposely consume positive, life enriching, wisdom producing content, I will develop the right mindset to accomplish my goals. My wife and I read the Bible daily, and do a Bible study and a devotional daily. There is not greater knowledge than all the truths found in God’s Word. We constantly read well written, positive, inspiring, motivating, thought provoking books and publications. We listen to messages from great speakers, great Bible teachers and scholars, great Pastors, and great people of God. I listen to positive, inspirational podcasts. I go to seminars and take classes that enhance my understanding. I have a team of coaches and mentors that help me stay focused. Although I am a consultant, I have a partner consultant who evaluates my progress and my business. I have a positive-minded accountability partner. I read books from wise authors, some of whom are no longer with us, and I study their successes and their failures. I welcome positive, successful people into my circle. And instead of crying over any struggles, stumbles or failures in my life, I learn from them and make sure I don’t make those same mistakes again. I keep a journal and I document every one of my wins in it. See why I don’t have time for celebrity gossip and negative conversations?

So what’s the conclusion?
Your New Year’s resolution should not be written in stone. Keep it flexible and give yourself room to change your mind on goals that made sense yesterday, but no longer make sense today. If you fail at your goal in the first week, don’t beat yourself up. If you fall, don’t stay down. Get up, dust yourself off and keep going.

Your New Year’s resolution should be realistic. Don’t write down that you are going to visit the moon if you haven’t traveled past your 5 closest zip codes. Stop telling yourself your are going to write like William Shakespeare if you are still reading Dr. Seuss.

Your New Year’s resolution should be personal. Don’t make it about the accomplishments of others just because they look or sound sexy. I have a client who came to me when he was making $4,000,000 a year and was miserable. I have a client who gets paid $250,000 a year and is the happiest guy ever. It’s the same guy. He is still worth more than $50,000,000. He understands that he doesn’t have to chase money anymore. Choose goals that make sense to you and your own fulfillment.

Your New Year’s resolution should be revisited often. If you write down a goal, don’t hide it somewhere in a shelf and forget about it until December 31st at 11:59 PM! Read your goals out daily. The most successful people in life today read their goals every night before they go to sleep and every morning before they brush their teeth (read them in your head please).

Your New Year’s resolution doesn’t only have to be written on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. One of my consulting clients was so unsuccessful at New Year’s resolutions (never made it to week 3) that he started writing New Month’s Resolutions. Every 1st day of every month he wrote a new resolution. Then he revisited that resolution every day in that month. He made a commitment to do one thing daily that would being him closer to that goal. He put in the work. By month 8 he saw that he was doing so well at this, that he realized he no longer needed an entire month for each resolution to become a reality. So he then started writing a New Week’s resolution. He has become such an accomplish individual that others are asking him for advice. He is now writing a book about his experience.

Finally, your New Year’s resolution should never make you feel like a failure. If you fail, so what? If you don’t complete every resolution on your list, so what? If you make a list of 10 and only complete one, awesome! Live life knowing that if you are doing your best, giving it your best, sharing your best and chasing an even better you tomorrow than you were today, all for God’s glory, not yours, you are already accomplishing more than 98% of the population. That’s not a real statistic. I just made it up. But I’m sure you would be in the top 10% of the world’s go-getters if you honestly give every one of your goals your best shot, and you purposely learn from those that you do not accomplish.

George L. Rosario is a Brooklyn NY born & raised businessman & entrepreneur turned consultant. He started GC Rosario Group with his lovely wife Claudia. With over 30 years of service to the marketplace in NYC, George has relocated and been graciously adopted by the business community of South Florida. He now travels the country helping businesses and organizations thrive in today’s noisy environment. The post-Covid era forced many to close their doors, but also opened new doors of opportunity, growth and prosperity for innovative thinkers. George & Claudia Rosario help companies, businesses, organizations and teams develop the necessary skillset and plan of action to not just survive, but thrive in this new world. GC Rosario Group helps both secular and Christian based institutions meet their goals.

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