- You didn’t make a plan. Without a plan your resolution is actually your New Year’s dream.
- You are trying too many at once. Stick to one or two at a time for best results. You can’t change all aspects of your life at the same time.
- Your resolution is too vague. Your resolve to become “better,” should be reserved for the resolutions themselves. Make your resolutions specific and you have a chance at success.
- You didn’t set up a reminder system. Even the best resolution will fail if you don’t remember to do it.
- You don’t track your progress. You need to record your progress or you will rapidly fall back into your old habits.
- You quit after the first failure. Everyone messes up. It’s the people who keep on going after they mess up who succeed in the long run (obvious, but worth noting).
- You don’t work on maintaining motivation. There are many ways to regain motivation after it starts to slip. Start by reviewing your success to date.
- Your resolution doesn’t deal with your real problem. You want to fit into your old jeans, so you resolve to exercise more. Unfortunately, exercise isn’t what you really need. You just need to stop eating those donuts for breakfast. You will lose your motivation quickly if you don’t see at least some progress on your real problem right away. Examine your resolution to make sure it is directly addressing what you are trying to fix.
- Your resolution is not possible in your current situation. You may have chosen something that is totally unrealistic for you right now. Scale back and find something that you can keep, and build on that win.
- You are trying to change forever. Pick a time period (six weeks is good as a maximum) and resolve to change for this period. Indefinite resolutions are more daunting and you are more likely to quit.
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