Why new years resolutions fail and what you can do about it
So, 2017 is here. Twelve new months for you to thrive and achieve your goals, have new experiences and build new relationships. It’s an exciting time of the year right? And you felt exactly this way about 2016 twelve months ago.
So, how come most us manage to fall short of accomplishing our goals even with all this enthusiasm?
If this sounds like you? Don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. Most people do not accomplish all their new year’s resolutions, In fact, according to Forbes, only 8% of people accomplish their new year’s resolutions.
Why New year’s Resolutions do not work
The problem is that the way we set new years resolutions is flawed. Most of the resolutions we make are vague and unplanned and typically are set for failure even before we begin going down that road.
It doesn’t matter what kept you from accomplishing your goals what matters is that you are here again staring a new year in the face and ready to move forward and accomplish what you want. But, to be more successful this time around you need to set goals and be specific about them. By this I mean, to know how you will accomplish these goals and by when.
Instead of setting new years resolutions like “losing weight”, or “paying off debt,” or “traveling,” set more specific goals that you can visualize and actually plan for.
If you’re setting a goal to improve your health and lose weight, write down how you will accomplish this. Write down how many pounds you want to lose and by when. While you’re at it, set smaller goals that will lead success. It’s easier to visualize and execute a plan that has stepping stones towards the finish line.
Plan to lose 5 pounds per month by June 1st rather than just planning to lose 30 pounds. If, you’re paying off debt, then specify how much and how it will be paid off. And if you’re planning to travel more, be specific about your destination, your dates and how you will finance that trip.
Regardless of the goal, you have in mind you need to be specific and set a plan in motion. You will only accomplish it if you commit and hold yourself accountable for your progress and execution. Now is the best time to plan and start. And by now I don’t mean the beginning of the year, I actually mean right now while your reading this. Or actually just after you finish.
Remember that any goal you set is because you want to improve something or you want to live a new enjoyable experience. Reaching this goal will be very rewarding and once you get a taste of the feeling of accomplishment you will seek more and more.
Check out this video for a bit of inspiration.