New Year’s resolutions are a dime a dozen. Either you have set a resolution and forgot it by 2 PM on January 1st, or you know someone who makes resolutions and doesn’t follow through….but not many people figure out WHY these resolutions don’t happen.
Does this sound familiar?
When I know I should quit smoking pot and don't follow through, I get a feeling both in the pit of my stomach and the back of my head. It's a weird combination of guilt, regret, anxiety, self-pity, and disappointment myself. No matter how much I try to ignore the feeling, on some level, I know it's there and I can't enjoy what I'm doing. - Anonymous
This isn’t going to happen to you this year. If your goal is to quit smoking weed, We are going to make it happen. But you need to be smart about it…and you need to understand why some people succeed and some people fail.
New Years Resolutions by the Numbers
Roughly 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s Resolutions all of the time, and about 20% accomplish their resolutions every other year. Even scarier 24% of people……1 in 4 NEVER achieve the goals they set for the New Year.1
So what’s happening with 80% of people. Why are 4 out of 5 people not achieving their resolution goals?
The Top Five Reasons Resolutions to Stop Smoking Weed Fail
1. Not Being Specific Enough
Goals Need to be SMART. SMART goals are an acronym for “Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound.”2
When you set a resolution, make sure your resolution to quit includes all of the SMART criteria listed above. Just saying you are going to quit isn’t going to be enough to anchor you to your goal. The Quit Marijuana Action Plan includes SMART criteria for quitting weed including setting a quit date and being very specific about what that means.
2. Make Your New Years Resolution to Quit Weed Top Priority
I meet a lot of people who are trying to do to many things at once. When you are serious about quitting marijuana, you need to put that goal first. You only have a finite amount of personal strength and time in the day. For the first 30 to 60 days of quitting, it needs to be your definite chief aim — and nothing else.
All to often I work with people who want to do it all at once….and it’s just too much change at one time. When you stop smoking weed, and commit to it, your diet may slip a bit, you may not be as clean, you may have anxiety and irritability for the first few weeks, and that’s all normal….you only have so much will power to spend on changing habits. Spend it well.
You can’t just wake up one day and completely change everything that you want to change instantly about who you are…so focus on quitting weed until you have than nailed down as a new habit (30 to 60 days), then gradually work on the other stuff.
3. They’re Based on a Whim, Not on a System
Deciding to quit is just the first step…You need to learn how to quit and how to stay quit. When I was quitting, there was no system, so I struggled through it until I created one that worked for me.
I shared that system and gradually improved it as more people worked through it. That system today is the Quit Marijuana Action Plan and it’s been shared and refined by 1000’s of people. It gives you the step-by-step blueprint to quitting weed so that you know you exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it. It’s so much easier to find your way when you have a map directly in front of you.
Don’t Get Trapped:
If you have tried to quit before, and it didn't work, you could be trapped in an quirk of human psychology. You'd prefer to do keep doing something that doesn’t work rather than try something new that MIGHT work — but also may fail. John Mckee
The Power of Taking Action
Check out this Video from the Guru Tony Robbins:
Do This Today:
- Take Action and write down a SMART goal about quitting weed.
- Start to create a system rather than just a statement to follow through with it!
Need Help? The Quit Marijuana Action Plan has you covered and will teach you how to stop smoking weed It combines SMART Goals into a system that includes email reminders and social support to make sure that your 2015 Resolution to Quit Weed comes true.