Are You Failing In Your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s March Already!

Seems we simply blinked, and this year is already one-sixth gone. We are already in March. And if you are anybody like the average Joe, you are wondering where the time went.

You probably had twenty things on your new year’s resolutions list, and taking a look at it now, you realize you’ve not as much as followed through on one single one.

What happened?

Why do new year’s resolutions fail despite the burden of making them every year?

The goals are not realistic: We aim for the stars, setting goals that look good on paper but that are inhumanly impossible to achieve. We want to make big, sweeping changes because it is kind of cool to be able to do that. However, sweeping changes are not always possible and are often abandoned soon enough.

You want to do everything all at once: We often try to jump from the bottom to the top in one fell sweep. For example, we go cold turkey on junk food and jump on a restrictive diet, not realizing the futility of such a tactic.

Too many goals: It’s like we wait for the beginning of a new year to change everything that needs to be changed. At the beginning of a new year, most of us have goals upon goals upon goals. We do not prioritize what is important and which task we will undertake on priority. After a while, trying to do them all becomes overwhelming, and we simply quit.

We are not really ready to change: Most of us make New Year resolutions that will require us to change some things about ourselves. Yet, we are not ready to make these changes. If you are not ready to truly, truly change, you are already set up for failure.

You don’t actually believe you can do it: New Year’s resolutions are always an in thing. But for those who have had several unsuccessful attempts at following through on New Year resolutions, there is a tendency to give up even before beginning. When you find it hard to believe in yourself, this doubt will be a nagging voice in your head that will make you subconsciously resist personal growth.

You overthink things: There are those who do too much thinking and not enough doing. It is fine and all to seek inspiration and knowledge to get started on achieving that resolution, but if you fail to put your inspiration or knowledge to practice, then there is no progress. It’s that simple.

It’s March; it’s still early days, yet.

Yet, we are already far gone into the year. Yet, the year is still young enough to institute some long-lasting, positive changes. You don’t have to fall back into your old habits of not following through. What to do at this point is to revamp your New Year’s resolutions list. Pick the one thing off that list that you would like to follow through on. Discard the others and focus on that one.

This is called setting a realistic goal. Now, decide what exactly you need to do to achieve this goal. What do you need to do differently? What do you need to do today? How can you treat this as a marathon, beginning today, instead of a sprint?

Asking yourself these questions and acting based on your answers will ensure that you go after your goal. Perhaps not the collection of goals that you had at the beginning of the year, but the one goal that truly matters. It’s better to achieve one than achieve none, you’d agree with me.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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