OK, ladies and gentlemen. The current year is about to draw to a close. The new year is looming, and that means one other thing. New Years resolutions. It’s something that so many people look forward to, but something that nobody can really follow through on. How to stick to your New Years resolutions, you ask? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. There are actually reasons why people don’t stick to their new years resolutions, and we’re here to make sure that you don’t cave and eat that whole box of Krispy Kremes in the coming year. So if you’re ready to make yourself a better person, let’s go!
Reasons Why People Break Their New Years Resolutions
One of the most important things to think about before verbally committing yourself to stop splurging on lottery tickets or steering clear of KFC is the reasons for failure. Here are some reasons why people fail to stick to their resolutions.
1) Resolutions That Don’t Make Sense
If you’re jet set on landing on the moon, losing 200 pounds without exercising, or becoming the greatest Sitar player of all time, your goals may not be realistic. They may be impossible due to various reasons. Lack of money, lack of connections, impossible timeframe (remember, you only have on year!), unmeasurable goals… all of these can contribute to failure before you even start. If anything, these are just a beautiful fantasy that you may replay in your head over and over, but they won’t likely become reality (or at least in the next year).
Likewise, setting goals that are too easy (reading the entire Dick and Jane collection, for example), won’t be that great either. Come up with something challenging that is rewarding as well. And make sure you’re really willing to do it. Training up for a marathon is a rewarding and attainable goal, but ask yourself, are you really ready to endure 26 miles of hell in sweltering 100 degree temperatures?
2) No Plan
If you don’t have plan, it’s hard to even bother, especially for these types of goals. Something big like running a marathon needs incremental increases over the course of months— you can’t just dive in in November and expect to run the marathon in December. Also, you have to be ready to commit time to the goal. 10-60 minutes per day may be good, but if you can’t do it consistently, then there’s no point.
3) Ask Your Friends For Help
If you struggle with keeping your new years resolution, it’s always a good idea to have your friends and family along for the
suffering ride. If you have encouragement and support coming from family members, it’s so much easier. Another way to use your friends and family? Competition. It brings out the best in everyone. Who can lose the most weight? Who can stay smoke-free for an entire year? Who can remain the master of their own domain the longest? That oughta make things interesting!
Never Give Up!
When you’ve set your goal, the most important thing to remember is to never give up. Believe in yourself, and recognize that your goals are difficult, but definitely doable. No matter what challenges you face, you will be able to overcome them. And with this, you will become a better person. Best of luck to all of you in your New Years resolutions!