The new year represents a fresh start. It’s a great time to set goals and plan for the future. That’s why over 60% of people set New Year’s resolutions.
However, while a clean state may sound appealing, for most of those people, “resolution” is just another word for a promise they don’t intend to keep.
Why Don’t New Year’s resolutions work?
Here are a few reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail.
1. You have too many resolutions.
The new year makes people optimistic about the future. With the promise of a fresh start, people tend to overestimate how much they can accomplish in a year. They might make more than one resolution at a time or try starting too many new habits at once. Trying to implement too many new things at once can lead to overwhelm and exhaustion.
To improve your chances of success, pick one area of your life that you’d like to focus on (for example, business, health, money, or relationships). Then, make that area the focus for the year.
If you’re determined to work on more than one area of your life during the upcoming year, start only one new habit at a time. Don’t try to do everything at once. Once the new practice becomes routine, then move onto the next area.
Taking things one step at a time will make it easier for you to keep your New Year’s resolution.
2. Your goal isn't specific.
To clarify your vision for the future, set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely (also known as SMART goals). For example, if you’d like to lose weight, determine how much, by when, and for an amount that makes sense for your body frame, etc.
As you take aligned action towards your desired outcome, you’ll build your confidence and get closer to making your dreams a reality.
3. You give up after a setback.
Many people make the mistake of missing one or two days, then giving up. Or, they may get overwhelmed quickly or frustrated when they don’t see immediate results.
Remember that progress is progress, no matter how slow you go. Nobody’s perfect. It’s okay if you make a mistake or miss a day. Draw a line in the sand and keep moving forward.
If things aren’t going according to plan, take some time to reflect and make adjustments as needed. However, don’t give up. The only real failure is quitting.
If you quit, you’ll never know how far you could have gotten.
Should you make a New Year's Resolution?
You have the power and potential to be one of the 8% of people who keep their New Year’s resolution. You can create a plan of action and stick to it.
The best part is that you don’t have to wait until January 1st to transform your life. If you’re thinking about making positive changes, don’t delay. Make the decision and then take action.
Above all, stay positive. You’re off to a great start by setting a goal in the first place. By committing to yourself, you’re creating the life of your dreams.
Nicole Starbuck is an intuitive business coach helping spiritual women entrepreneurs stress less, achieve more, and build 6-figure online empires online without the burnout. Click here to learn more.