When it comes to making resolutions for the New Year, about 50% of us actually take the time to make them, but only about 10% will actually keep to them. Whether it comes down to a decrease in motivation, loss of interest , difficulties in resources, it is about high time we all make a new start and find out the best way to put our minds to completing what we have started. Below are 7 of the top reasons as to why people fail to stick to their resolutions and how we can avoid this from happening in 2017.
1.Trying To Achieve Goals On Our Own
Whether your goals are to start going to gym, improving on your squash or tennis game or quitting smoking, avoid trying to accomplish these goals on your own. If you find your success rate increases when you have support from outsiders find a friend to do it with you. In this way you encourage accountability that is vital for success.
Other ways to achieve goals is to make friends or spend time with individuals that give you the inspiration to have or do more. For example: if you are a tennis player start playing with the people that are stronger in tennis than you are, this will encourage you to do better. It is very important that the person you choose is surrounded by positive energy and will give you constant motivation, Avoid the “energy vampires” who are the type of people that will drain you emotionally and mentally even when they are willing to be your partner.
If one of your goals is based on something significant such as ending all wars, perhaps a goal that is more attainable would be to read a book such as War and Peace. Many of us make the mistake of making resolutions that are unattainable which means we will probably never achieve them. It becomes important to examine the resolutions you have made and ask yourself if you really planned to commit to them or did you make them because you felt like you were obligated to.
Another great piece of advice is to rather take your goals day-by-day. This also means letting go of what may have happened in the past, stop dreaming about the future and rather embrace your present and what you can do right now to make the necessary changes.
3.Giving Up Easily
Whether you lose interest or you become discouraged, giving up is one of the biggest resolution breakers. It is a common fact that there are many individuals that make resolutions based on an honest belief that they will be able to achieve them. However, by the time the month of February arrives, the excitement has worn off and in most cases other more important priorities have taken their place. In order to avoid this particular issue, it is advisable to rather set yourself benchmarks every month through the year. In this way you may find it easier to stay on top of your goals. It is also advisable to make use of positive reinforcement to keep you motivated, also people that want to give up smoking, should actually try a healthier replacement like e cigarettes.
In some cases you will soon realize that the resolutions you have made require a time commitment that is bigger than you are able to commit to. To avoid this scenario rather break up the goal into increments that are more manageable. An example of this would be to promise to devote about 10 minutes out of each day to organizing your home or office. This is probably one of the easiest ways to stick to a goal when you make it a daily-habit. This is because 10 minutes out of your day is manageable.
Another important reason as to why resolutions are often abandoned is due to the expenses associated are just too high. One of these examples could be thinking about joining a gym to lose weight. But you find out that the membership does not fall within your budget. There are many other ways to achieve this goal that does not have to involve money.
You may have fantasies about that high paying job or size 6 figure, but make sure you are able to achieve such a goal before the end of the year. If you have thoughts that you are able to shed 100 pounds or more in a period of 90 days this is an unreasonable thought. This means you should be setting these goals that are really achievable that is based on the time-frame you are able to commit to.
This will also mean you need to be realistic and honest with yourself. Resolutions often require a change in behavior which most of us are not willing to face up to. It is best to start with the goals that you are confident about and then stick to these.
7.Lack Of Planning
The best type of resolution is the ones backed by a “plan of action”. Many people make the mistake of not including a plan that already typically means they have already failed. The plan that you create should be based on steps on how you would like to achieve your goals.
What are your goals and how do you plan to stick to them?