Making a new year resolution is a great way to keep yourself motivated, but finding a way to stick with those resolutions is what matters more. In the last week of January, it’s common to hear people complain that they wish they had stuck with their resolutions. The majority of people say it’s due to a lack of time, resources, or because their motivation just wasn’t there anymore after starting. When it comes to New Year resolutions, lots of blogs and videos are filled with huge information about resolutions’ failure. If you head over to these posts, you will read conflicting advice on reasons why certain resolutions fail, whether it be for your health or something else. That’s why we would like to offer some simple and common reasons why your new year resolution ideas get fail and how can you keep them in easy steps.
Why do new year resolution don’t work?
1. Right Mindset
Following through on your new year resolution is all about the power of belief; more specifically: what you believe you can accomplish. Our minds are quite powerful and if you don’t believe that something can happen, it probably won’t! Whatever goal, vision, or intention you have for this year, do you believe in their possibility? If so, we think that’s wonderful! But if there’s any doubt or skepticism flooding your mind, then the likelihood of it coming to reality is very low. It’s time to look at your belief system. What belief is getting in the way of your success? What do you believe about yourself that might get in the way? Start with a sound mindset, trust in yourself and your abilities, and believe that you have the power to overcome any obstacles (sticking points) that come your way. Then pursue what you want relentlessly and effectively! It may be difficult at times, but if anyone can, it’s you!
2. Right Approach
Ramping up your resolutions, but finding you’re constantly devolving back into old habits? It’s clear, our brains aren’t very good at being motivated or focused on things that seem too fuzzy or abstract. This means most of us set ourselves to fail before we even get started to work on our resolution. Rather than staying in the realm of vague goals, try conquering those goals through tiny habits. Creating tiny habits will motivate you to do the tasks to achieve your new year resolution. Think about it, if you have a resolution of eating healthier, it’s pretty difficult to eat balanced meals if you’re not used to eating in that way. Instead, develop a tiny habit of eating one piece of fruit or a healthy snack every day. You can also form tiny habits to help you with some of your other resolutions, such as meditating, exercising regularly, or even something as simple as flossing your teeth. All that matters is that you begin to form those habits, and they will help you to achieve your resolutions.
3. Right Environment
It is very important to work in the right environment to achieve your new year resolution. If you are working in the right environment, your motivation will stay high and you can keep your resolution. If you are working in the wrong environment, your motivation will get lower and you won’t keep your resolution. You will lose confidence in keeping resolution if you are surrounded by people who demotivate you. Instead, try to find people who inspire you to keep your resolution. If you are unable to find people who value your resolution, you may lose motivation and be unable to keep it. Not only people around you but the environment around you also matter in the success of resolution. If your new year resolution is to achieve fitness and you are just doing a home workout, the chances of failure are more. Instead, visit the professional gym on regular basis to achieve your goal. Try to find the best environment for keeping your resolution. Get help from people, instructors, motivators who have been successful in achieving the same resolution.
4. Periodic Review
It takes time to accomplish goals. And sometimes it can feel that you aren’t making much progress. A common mistake many people make when it comes to keeping resolutions is that they don’t measure their progress. It’s important to take stock of everything that you’ve accomplished regularly. Set small sub-goals, celebrate your successes, and analyze what you need to do to keep moving forward. Reviewing your progress allows you to get a quick overview of what has happened during that time frame and sets out a new plan for the near future. Weekly or fortnightly review is a vital part of keeping the new year resolution running smoothly. What gets tracked is what gets done – so it’s important to develop and sustain good habits to drive your progress. Plan to track or review your resolution progress regularly.
There are many tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions, but the main one is this: Don’t merely tie goals to the new year because everyone else is doing it. Real change comes when you know your outcome and commit to making your goals a reality. Learning to set and achieve goals is a great habit that few master in their lifetimes. Get everything you want this year, and every year, by deciding to set and keep resolutions that matter to you.