The New Year is all about having a fresh start and making positive changes to your life, and following through with resolutions can be a huge help in keeping up with these changes. However, it is important to make sure you don’t lose motivation after a few months. Here are four reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail and how you can overcome the odds!
1. Unspecific Resolutions
In most cases, New Year’s resolutions tend to fail because they are too broad. For example, saying that you want to get more exercise is too vague because you’re not being direct in how much more exercise you want to get. You can make it more specific by giving yourself a timeframe and the amount of times you want to exercise per week. This will help you develop a clear plan of action so you can easily keep track of your results.
2. Unrealistic Resolutions
Keeping that in mind, be careful! Even though New Year’s resolutions are specific, they can also be unrealistic. If you set unrealistic goals, then you won’t really see the results you’re hoping for and might get discouraged. That’s why it’s important to set goals that are challenging, but that you know you can achieve. For example, instead of saying you want to lose 50 pounds in one month, change it into something you know you will be able to do—like losing 10 pounds in two months. By making realistic goals, you will be able to see results and stay motivated!
3. No Clear Plan of Action
Having no plan of action is one of the big reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail. With a plan, you will be able to keep track of your progress and get excited about your results. Make sure you create objectives and milestones that will help you reach your ultimate goal, and think about how you’ll deal with challenges or setbacks when you’re making your plan.
4. Lack of Social Support
Having social support from family and friends is a great advantage for anyone trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Finding someone that will cheer you on or is working toward a similar goal will help you stay motivated. If your goal is getting more exercise, consider going to a scheduled group fitness class or joining an adult sports league with a friend. This can help you meet people with similar goals and keep you committed to your resolutions.
Making changes to your lifestyle can seem tough, but it’s not impossible! By making sure you have specific goals, a plan of action, and social support, you’ll be able to commit to your resolutions and hopefully see some positive changes in your life!
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