The first month of the year will be over soon. Time for some reflection. Are you still working on your new year resolutions? Have you felt the first improvements?
It's easy to be a goal setter. We feel an urge of motivation and tell ourselves "Let's make it happen!". However, after a few weeks, it becomes clear that most won't become goal achievers.
We get the idea from infomercials and pundits on TV that change is easy. Sixpack abs in 3 minutes. Lose 10 pounds in one week without changing your diet. The truth is: There is no magic formula and no easy solution. Anything worthwhile and meaningful takes hard work and time to achieve.
We tend to underestimate at least one of these four challenges:
1. Time: It can take much longer than anticipated to see the first results of our efforts.
2. Effort: It might be a lot harder to achieve our goal than we initially thought.
3. Competing goals: We get pulled in different directions by urgent obligations, and our original goal is pushed aside.
4. Maintenance: Once we achieved our goal, we fall back into old habits and have to start all over again.
Being aware of these challenges is the first step towards success.