Why do we make resolutions? Resolutions can be powerful motivators and you feel like you are on the right track and moving forward with your life.
Unfortunately, most resolutions fail and you may give up and just go back to your old habits. You wouldn’t be the first person or the last that has tried and failed to make changes.
Examining the reasons why resolutions don’t work may help you succeed in the future. Let’s look at three reasons why resolutions fail and how you can make them more successful.
You Were Impatient
When you set new goals, you get so excited, and may tend to change all your bad habits at once. You want to make changes NOW, but by focusing on too many things at once, your brain becomes overloaded.
I have always believed that anything good that you are trying to accomplish takes time. Yes, it’s frustrating, and you wish you could take a shortcut to success. Taking baby steps will allow you to stay focused while you’re working towards your goals.
You Were Too Vague
Losing weight is a common New Year’s resolution. How many times have you told yourself that this will be the year when you lose those last stubborn pounds? I can certainly sympathize with you, as I have had my own weight loss struggles. If you don’t state your goal in a specific time range, it’s too easy to procrastinate or cheat on your diet thinking you will come back to it later.
Set a specific goal. I will lose ten pounds by Feb 1, 2018. This will make you more motivated because you now have a firm timeline to work with.
You Were Distracted
It’s easy in our hurry-up world to let distractions get in the way of your goals. Between work, child care, meal planning, and housework, who wouldn’t become distracted? Once you lose your focus, it is hard to get it back.
Write down your most important goals, and make them a priority. If your goal is weight loss, select healthier foods and find out the most calorie-efficient way to prepare them. Drink an extra glass of water instead of settling for a sugary soda.
I hope you find these tips helpful, and once you reach your goals, all the hard work and sacrifice will be worth it.