5 Reasons New Year's Resolutions Aren't Resolved

The New Year gives society hope to start fresh. But by the end of January, many of our resolutions become nonexistent. Don't give up on this year's resolution yet. Become one of the few who maintained their resolution year-round by learning why the resolution won't work as-is.

Too Unrealistic

A generic resolution becomes too massive to tackle because it's too big to achieve. Dreams such as losing 100 pounds in three months are a precursor to failure. Additionally, it provides an excuse to procrastinate, cheat, or splurge because the excuse will be "there's plenty of time to recover." The stress and overwhelming pressure aids in failed resolutions.

Too Vague

The specifics matter. A resolution requires a realistic and attainable beginning, middle, and end. Therefore, ground the lofty resolution by planning specific steps to create a journey. There is no destination without one. Resolutions about weight loss, for example, should begin by finding a gym to join, paying the membership, freeing up time, attend the gym around your work schedule.

Too Relinquishing

Discouragement and burnout are normal during the first month, but quitting is not the answer. Many people give up on their resolutions early because immediate results are mandatory. Everyone expects results but don't want to put forth the effort. The reality is immediate results come gradually, not suddenly. To achieve and sustain results, you must keep the pace going. Congratulate achievement on small steps achieved and the positive energy will keep the momentum going.

Too Independent

Rarely do resolutions require one person to accomplish the goal from start to finish. It's highly likely resolutions require assistance from family, friends, and co-workers. Besides, teamwork makes the dream work. If loved ones aren't part of the solution, they make a great support system to lean on during rough patches. It creates accountability during slack-off moments. Likewise, cut off negative-sounding distracters keeping you down.

Too Negative

The average person can see imperfections faster than positive traits, so it's natural to remove those imperfections to become better people. Who said a resolution must involve removing negative parts of ourselves? Stop concentrating on resolving unwanted traits and use the resolution to focus on positive traits. If there are tasks to accomplish New Year that isn't a resolution, let that task become the resolution. If there's a hobby or activity you like, make it a resolution to keep doing the hobby or activity year-round.

An overwhelming, vague, and basic declaration like "losing weight" or "breaking a bad habit" will fail unless you inject a dose of reality. Ask questions at every angle and leave no stone unturned. Total victory is within reach when your new resolution is concrete, detailed, and attainable.

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