Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Always Last

While most of make New Year’s resolutions, less than 10 percent of us actually keep them. Whether it is due to a lack of motivation, lack of resources or a lack of interest, we are here to help finish what you set out to accomplish.

Here are some reasons why some of us do not stick to our New Year’s Resolutions:

Extreme resolutions
One of the most common mistakes we make when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, is creating resolutions that are too extreme, and therefore are unattainable.

Doing it alone
If we set goals that are in par with family or friends we are more likely to keep at it. Having support creates accountability, which we know is essential for reaching goals.

Having no plan
It is one thing choosing a New Year’s Resolution, but it is another to actually follow through. Make sure you have plan of action. To help you create a plan, break your goal down into smaller goals or steps that can be reached daily or weekly.

Putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves
When making New Year’s Resolutions, we need to put them into perspective. We see January as a time of needing to make changes, rather we should use it as a time to reflect and focus on what we can improve, rather on what we did not achieve the year before.

Keeping up with our lofty goals can be difficult, with most of us not being able to keep up with our intentions, and when this happens, happens, we tend to just give our resolutions and goals, instead of trying again! Instead of focusing on specific activities like having to run 3 times a week or losing 15kg in 6 months, rather focus on the larger picture. Instead of focusing on specifics, instead, focus on what your larger goal is. So instead of your goal being to lose a specific amount of kilos, rather make the goal focus on getting healthier. Once you have the larger goal, you can make smaller incremental changes and steps to help create the bigger goal. Success will keep you motivated. If you we are discouraged early on, chances are we are likely to give up completely. But by reaching smaller goals, more often, you will be motivated to stay on track, to reach your lofty goal after all.

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