Every January, individuals try to put the past behind them while making plans on achieving a personal goal for the upcoming year. The (new) New Year motivates people to want to make positive changes and resolve old, bad habits, yet only a fraction actually succeed and close to half describe their past resolutions as resulting in ‘no change.’
These broken New Year’s resolutions can leave a person feeling like a failure.
Popular New Year’s Resolutions
Why is it so hard to keep resolutions?
Everyone has dreams of bigger and better things for the New Year, maybe losing 100 lbs or to be the ‘underdog’ marathon winner. While these dreams are motivating, they are unrealistic for most people and will create more problems from the stress of trying to fulfill the obligations to meet these goals.
Keep resolutions realistic
The resolutions must be attainable to be a success. Many goals are dropped within a few months because individuals are delusional when setting their goals. They shoot for the impossible and become frustrated when the reality sets in. For example, you may think you are a great singer, but are you really? Do a reality-check before making resolutions and keep resolutions suitable.
Keep resolutions stress-free
Many times, people make resolutions that actually create more stress in their lives. Joining a gym to lose weight or to get in shape might take more time away from your schedule that you don’t have. Or it may cost extra money that you don’t have.
When you decide on a New Year resolution, take into account the burdens that will come with it. The mental and physical stress may outweigh the benefits and create more problems for you in the long run.
New Year’s resolutions can be a good thing, but not if you can’t follow through with them. Start with goals that are reasonable, won’t be an added load to carry and finally, but most important, make goals for yourself and not what others want from you. Happy New Year!
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