It’s that time of year again! A time to reflect on the year that has passed and set goals for the year ahead. But if you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolutions will likely fail. In fact, statistics show that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.
So, what’s the secret to being part of that 8%? How can you set goals that you’re actually going to achieve? In this article, we’ll explore 5 common reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail – and more importantly, how to fix them.
1. Lack of commitment
People don’t always follow through on their resolutions because they lack the motivation necessary to make progress. Whether it’s a goal to get in shape or start a business, it’s hard to stick with something if you’re not committed to it.
2. Setting unrealistic goals
Unrealistic resolutions set us up for failure because they’re not achievable. We need to remember that achieving our goals is like running a marathon, not a sprint.
3. Not having a proper plan
Without a plan in place, it’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed by achieving a goal. A plan will help you break down the goal into smaller steps and tasks that are easier to manage.
4. Lack of accountability
It’s easy to put off tasks and forget about them if there’s no one holding you accountable. Having an accountability partner or system in place can help you stay on track.
5. Lack of enthusiasm
Without passion and excitement for a goal, it’s hard to stay motivated. Having a positive attitude and looking at your goal from an empowering perspective will go a long way in keeping you motivated to achieve it.
Now that you know some of the most common reasons why resolutions fail, it’s time to discuss how to make them stick.
The first step is to start by making a plan. Break your resolution down into smaller steps and tasks that are achievable. I need be, consider breaking them down into monthly and weekly goals. Doing this will make it much easier to stay on track.
The second step is to set realistic expectations.Take your time and identify steps you can take to achieve a more realistic resolution.
The third step is to keep track of your progress. Create a document where you can log your successes and failures. This will help you to stay motivated and continue to make progress.
The fourth step is to find an accountability system or partner. Join a support group or find someone who has the same goals as you. This will help you stay on track.
Finally, learn how to stay motivated and enthusiastic about your resolution. Visualize what achieving your goal will look like and focus on how you’ll feel as you’re reaching it. This will keep you inspired and motivated to take the necessary steps.
However, visualizing the end goal and how you feel is not enough, you need to visualize the effort you’ll be putting in everyday in order to achieve the goals.
Now that you are aware of the common pitfalls, create a plan, set achievable goals and be mindful of potential roadblocks. Let's bring in the New Year with a spirit of hope and optimism. Here’s wishing you a happy and successful year ahead!