Why your New Year’s Resolutions Are Already Failing

There are seven days until February starts. One week is left of the first month of 2018. Did you set any resolutions? Create any goals? They’re not going to well, are they?

It was the same case for me. That is, until I realized what the problems were. I’ve never been one to stick to my plans, but figuring out why really helped to put things into perspective and helped me to create goals and objectives that worked better for me.

First of all, get rid of the idea of resolutions meaning something is wrong with you. It can be really easy to twist a resolution into a self-loathing fight. When I hear people set goals, they’re something that weighs them down, and they beat themselves up if they aren’t accomplished by the end of the year.

Because resolutions are more of a general idea. “I want to lose this amount of weight”, “I want to stop watching TV”, “I want to eat healthier”. All these things are great, but they aren’t likely to happen because more often than not, people don’t realize you need accomplishable steps to get to that goal.

If you’re just relying on your will power or intuition, it’s not going to work. My personal resolution was to not eat meat this year. Oops.

What you need to do after you come up with that idea of what you want to work on, is to come up with, firstly, your why. Because figuring out why you’re setting out to accomplish this goal is going to fuel you. Why do you want to do what it is you want to do? I suggest writing this down, and getting crystal clear about why you’re going to complete this, and what it will give you. Figuring out the reason behind your goal makes it so much more attainable.

Secondly, going along with your why, you need to decide if this goal is really something you want. Sometimes we let the opinion of family, significant others, and the media effect our decision-making. Really think about this goal, and decide whether it’s something you want, or someone else wants or expects of you.

Lastly, you need to figure out how you’re going to do it. If you want to lose weight, does that mean you’re going to apply to a gym? Work out at home? Buy more fruits and veggies? How do you plan on taking action toward your destination? I like to set year end visions, and then break up that vision into attainable six-month, three-month, and one-month goals. What big task should you get done within the next six months, and how do you break that into tinier steps? What can you do today that will get you one step further tomorrow?

Try out these steps, and rewrite your resolutions for this year. We’re only a month in, so you’ve got plenty of time! Do you have problems sticking to your goals? Do any of these tips help? Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!