Did you know that studies reveal that as small as 8% percent of people actually keep their New Yearâs resolutions?
Why is it so hard to achieve the goals we set, whether they are big or small?
Some say, itâs not the goal but the process thatâs the problem. Otherâs say that you wonât create change until youâre really ready. Some people say that the goal needs to be specific. So what is it? Mind over matter? Timing? Preparation? The process? Motivation?
I hear the word âintegrityâ talked about a lot. Itâs one of ZOEâs core values and something that all of us are tested on daily. Itâs doing what you said you were going to do when you said you were going to do it.
Our âyesâ means âyesâ and our ânoâ means âno.â
People can rely on us, because honesty, truth, and Godâs principles are what we live by.
We are the same in front of people and behind closed doors in secret.
Recently I heard something that made a lot of sense to me. It was the idea that we often show integrity towards other people, but not ourselves.
Think about it. Have you ever tried to achieve a personal goal and failed? Multiple times right? You said to yourself, âStarting tomorrow Iâm going toâŚâ Why is it that we find it easier to honour the promises we make to other people more than those we make to ourselves?
The speaker went on to say that our self integrity and our dignity are closely linked. When we make a commitment to ourselves and fail, our dignity takes a hit. After committing to things over and over - itâs easy to see how our dignity (the way we feel about ourselves, our confidence, self love etc.) starts plummeting. Our self-esteem suffers, and keeps deteriorating gradually, when we donât practise self integrity.
We all have personal values but when we donât act in accordance with our values; when we break a commitment to ourselves; or go back on a promise we made, itâs not demonstrating self integrity.
Living with integrity means...
behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.
-Barbara De Angelis
We set our goals in accordance with our values. So if I value being fit, I might commit to run every day, go to the gym 3-5 per week or walk around my neighbourhood each night. Maybe you value being healthy so you set a goal to eat healthy and lose weight. You value parenting in a respectful way, so you vow to stop yelling at your kids. You want to be a good steward with your finances, so you commit to saving money. You value a tidy home, so you promise to put your belongings away as soon as youâre done using them... There are many more examples!
But when you donât go to the gym and you continue to eat fast food or you keep yelling at your kids and your home is a mess; it feels like youâve failed again. How do you get back up?
One commitment at a time.
The way forward is by creating a path of small successes or developing micro habits. To build self integrity we need to start with one small commitment to ourselves. Only after we have successfully kept that one should we make another one.
Commit to making your bed every day, washing the dishes as soon as dinnerâs done, walking the dog for 5 minutes a day...whatever it is, but start to build back trust in yourself. Do what you say youâll do! No matter what! And donât say you'll do something that youâre not able to do because the goal is to succeed when you practise self integrity. Following through on even the smallest commitments builds mental strength. It proves that if you deem something important and it becomes your priority.
After a while, when you feel good about the small challenges youâve made, your self-esteem will start to improve and you will develop the muscle of self-trust instead of self-sabotage. Only when you can trust yourself and you show self integrity in the small things, can you begin to commit to the bigger goals you have until finally youâre actually doing what you said you were going to do when you said you were going to do it.
Have you said, âI want to help end child traffickingâ?
How about just re-sharing ZOEâs social media posts? Once youâve been doing that for a few weeks, think about something else that you can realistically commit to doing. Many people say that they want to achieve a really big goal but they aren't prepared to take the small, achievable steps required to build towards their end goal. Start by honouring your small commitments and see whatâs possible!