With only 3 more days in January, it’s time to review your progress toward your New Year resolutions. How many did you set this year? How many have you stuck with? According to Statistic Brain’s 2017 survey, losing weight, eating healthier and making life/self improvements were the top 2 resolutions for 2017. That might not come as a surprise but what is surprising is that 42.4% of Americans report never succeeding on their resolutions each year. Why do we make resolutions we don’t keep? How can we close the gap between our intentions and our actions toward reaching our goals? Why does the majority of our New Year’s resolutions fail and what can we do about it?
- They’re based on the “all or nothing” approach. – You don’t have to be perfect to start. It’s impossible to steer a parked car but you can start driving and course correct along the way. Start before you’re ready. Every small change makes a big difference in the long run.
- They’re a complete 180 from your current lifestyle. – Be disciplined over a few things. Instead of trying to make drastic changes, pick one thing – your biggest “sticking point” – and work on changing that one thing. You don’t have to redo your entire life to start seeing positive changes.
- They focus on the negative. – Put a positive spin on your goals. If weight loss is your goal, focus on losing weight because you love your body, not because you hate it.
- You’re not emotionally connected to them. – Find your “why.” Goals that lack emotional weight won’t stick because you’re not really connected to them. Dig deep to find your “why,” your reason for wanting to do better.
- They’re all in your head. – Write them down. You can’t change what you don’t track; put pen to paper and get those goals out of your head. Write them down and post them somewhere you can see them every day to keep yourself accountable.
Take a moment to check your resolutions against this list. What adjustments can you make to your exciting resolutions to help you stick with them moving forward? What can you do to set new resolutions and have them stick?
Related Feature – Prevention Magazine Online asked 7 women to share the best New Year’s resolution they ever stuck with…mine is number 1! Click here to read more.