Successful New Years Resolutions

Why do 80% of New Years’ Resolutions fail? Many people tend to get pumped about tackling a large goal or obstacle starting with a fresh new year. However, life is not segmented into 365 day increments. Life is continuous. Changes or achievements do not need to begin on January 1st. The motivation is the key to success.

The most common resolutions include get healthy, manage debt, get a better job, get an education, stop drinking/smoking/gambling, improve quality of life, and improve relationships. These are all very complex resolutions that can often take much longer than one year to complete.

Resolutions must be meaningful to you, and real action must take place. Anticipate setbacks or unexpected results for difficult resolutions. Set reasonable expectations and focus more on holistic change. Make sure the method is appropriate to achieve the goal. Do not simply state the goal and hope that it happens at some point, but take the time to plan a realistic strategy.

Some may write out a lengthy and random list of attributes they wish to change about themselves. This does not target any one problem, but overwhelms and does not lead to resolution. Verbal commitments also fizzle out because there is little to serve as a reminder as the days and weeks pass. Set up goal dates and measurements to sustain motivation. Write down an actual plan with a solid structure.

Be open about New Years’ Resolutions by telling close friends and family. This may make you vulnerable, especially if you fail, but your support network can help you succeed!

See the following article for more details on the reasons that so many New Years’ Resolutions fail:  Seven Reasons Why New Year

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