Miki Shelton

Miki Shelton

Why We Make Resolutions

Like many of us, I have spend the last several days thinking and dreaming about the new year. What would I like to accomplish? What steps would I take to get there? How should I plan out my work days to achieve those goals? I truly enjoy that feeling of anticipation, of getting ready, of the timeless moment before you take that first step. Of looking in the mirror at the future you and getting excited about what you see!

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, pursue a goal, start a business or simply make some healthful changes, the first step is simply deciding to do it. Make a commitment. However, for many of us, that’s about as far as it goes without some purposeful guidance. If it were as easy as all that we’d all be successful, and no one would ever need to seek out coaching or read a self-help book.

My guess is you’ve been to this rodeo before and already know you need some structure in place in order to make change happen.

We all feel instinctively drawn to new beginnings – new weeks, new months, and yes, New Years – as a good time to reset and make changes. As it turns out, there’s a good reason for that.

In a series of studies, forthcoming from the journal Management Science, researchers found that fresh starts do push us to change our behavior. The beginning of a week, a month, or a year forms what the psychologist Richard Thaler calls a “notational boundary.” With that, researchers suspect, comes a sense of optimism, the promise of “a new me,” as Milkman put it.

However, researchers also found that people without a clear plan were more likely to fall off the wagon. Optimism fluctuates. We underestimate the time and tenacity it requires to achieve those goals. We have a better chance of sticking to a goal if we follow a plan.

And sometimes, that means letting someone else help you create and stick to that plan.

So why not take advantage of the moment? What is it you want to achieve this year? Are you ready to do this?

I’d be honored to guide you through! I have a few slots available for individual coaching. Why don’t we get on a call together and see if this approach might be right for you?

We’ll use my TACtical approach – tiny, actionable changes – so that you never feel overwhelmed. Together, we’ll create a clear plan for success. And I’ll hold you accountable and be there to support you every single step of the way.

Doesn’t that sound good?

This is a lovely testimonial from one of my clients:

“Today I’m so grateful for you!!! thank you for helping me get strong and healthy so I can do what I love 🥰  🏔 made it to the top for sunset …48lb pack and then got to enjoy THIS amazing sunrise yesterday… dream come true when you’re willing to do the work and you’ve got Miki on your team 😎 You ROCK.”

Whatever your goal is for this year, together we can make it happen.

Here’s to a strong and successful 2021!

P.S. Ready to hit the ground running in 2021? Book a free call with me today! 😊

Resources: The New Yorker – Why We Make Resolutions (And Why They Fail)

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