10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
Please note, some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I only recommend products that I use and have found helpful!
Do you set out each year to make New Year’s Resolutions based on getting healthier, eating better, and/or working out more? You have the best of intentions to make this YOUR healthiest year, but then you lose focus and tend to fall off track a few weeks or months into it? If so, you are NOT alone.
Understanding why resolutions fail in the first place can help you put some preventative measures in motion that will give you a better chance at reaching your goals! Check out my top 10 reasons why your health and fitness resolutions may fail and what you can to do prevent them!
1. Not Knowing Your Why
Focus on why your goal is important to you. If your goal is to get in better shape, figure out why you want to get in shape. Is it because you want to live a healthier and longer life, to increase your energy, or to feel more confident? The more specific you can make your goal the more likely it is that you will succeed.
2. No Accountability
Be sure to surround yourself with people who are going to encourage you, support you, and motivate you to make a change for the better. Find someone who has either already achieved the goal you’re seeking or someone who wants to join you on the journey. Having support creates accountability which is key for success.
Tips? Post a status on Facebook asking if your friends would like to be your gym or accountability partner. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a Facebook support group of other passionate people who share your same goals. Teamwork is advantageous, so find people you can rely on and use strength in numbers to help you succeed.
3. Poor Time Management
Sometimes after jotting down a resolution, you realize it may be a bigger time commitment than you’d originally intended. In other words, have a plan. Don’t commit to a resolution knowing you have no plan in place to actually accomplish your goal. Instead, create an action plan that will help you to achieve your goals. Tips? Make a calendar and break up your long-term goal into monthly, weekly, and even daily goals. That way, you’ll be working towards an immediate goal and the results you achieve each month, week, or day will encourage you to keep moving towards your end game.
4. Financial Burden
Oftentimes, people give up on their resolutions if the goal poses a financial burden. For example, if the goal is to lose weight, sometimes the cost of a yearly gym membership is not feasible.
Tips? Get creative and try to find a less expensive way to complete your goal. Purchase a workout program you can do from home or find a walking buddy and use Mother Nature as your gym. There are plenty of ways you can exercise and work out without attending a gym.
5. Created Unrealistic Goals
Be careful not to create a goal that is so unattainable that you set yourself up for failure before you even begin. Instead, take it one day at a time. Set a goal that is achievable within the time frame you set for yourself. Resolutions require us to make some type of change. Once you select a resolution commit to it and stick with it.
6. Not Believing in Yourself
Something really amazing happens when you start to believe in yourself. I mean really believing you can achieve the goal you set out to conquer. Your body starts to respond to that belief. Self-doubt and negative self-talk will cripple your goals every time. Don’t beat yourself up if you do not reach your goal immediately. Instead, reward yourself for making the effort and believe that you will in time achieve what you initially set out to do.
7. Not Tracking Progress
Whether you use a fitness tracker like MyFitnessPal or you keep a handwritten journal, keeping a record of your progress will help you keep a positive attitude. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a certain food, the more your body is going to crave it. If you slip up, that’s okay – your goal the next day is to do better than the day before. The improvements you begin to see each day by tracking your progress will encourage you to meet your goal.
8. Not Enough Action
Sure, your list of New Year’s resolutions might look pretty good on paper and contain every single little thing you would like to change about yourself and your life but the point is to actually do something about it! You have to commit to taking action. Simply saying or writing down your goals is not enough. Put your plan into ACTION and achieve your goals by hard work and mental toughness, not by simply saying you wish things were different.
9. You See Achieving Your Goal as a Chore
If you’re too focused on the end goal to really enjoy the process it’s going to be more difficult to succeed. For example, if you see going for a 30-minute walk or run as a dreaded chore, you’re more likely to be unmotivated and uninspired. Instead, find an activity that doesn’t cause a huge interruption to your daily routine but incorporates some fun, something you can look forward to. The goal is to remove the extra stress in your life, not to add to it. Make getting in shape fun if that’s your goal.
When January is approaching, everyone is talking about resolutions and it’s at the forefront of our minds. Then February rolls around and the resolutions you made the month before are no longer on the top of the priority list.
Tips? Set fun checkpoints or targets throughout the year to keep yourself on track and use positive reinforcement to keep your momentum going.
10. You Don’t Trust In the Process
Yes, making a change IS a process. If you really want to lose weight, you need to make a lifestyle change and get away from quick-fix diets. Instead of following an extreme exercise plan that bans anything fun, add one positive change per week. Small changes are less intimidating, so new habits are more likely to become part of your daily routine. You cannot change your entire life overnight.
Tips? Ask yourself, “Am I really committed to making the change?” Whether it’s running a marathon for the first time, losing weight, or whatever your goal is – be honest with yourself and make the decision to trust the process. Make resolutions you truly desire to achieve and are actually going to put a plan of action towards. Not just a list of things to achieve because it sounds good or someone else thinks you should. Remember, if it was easy you would have probably completed it already.
Check out some of the statistics from Statisticbrain.com:
According to Statistic Brain, the top New Year’s resolutions that people typically make are for self-improvement and to lose weight. And on average, only 9.2% actually achieve their resolutions. Ready to make THIS the year you succeed?