It’s a new year and many of us are embarking on the 'New Me' bandwagon. The collective willpower during this time of year is impressive, and the amount of people in the gym is also motivating.
But a lot of times those resolutions are broken within weeks, days, or even hours. Then the vicious cycle of being on again and off again starts and the next thing you know, you’re back to old habits before you even hit the ground running. This happens so often that statistically only 8% of the US population has kept up with their new year resolutions by February.
Year after year we try to set goals and we break them, sounds insane right? Yes, especially since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Which is why we’ve come up with the biggest New Year resolution mistakes and how you can avoid them. January is the best time to make big changes, this is how you’ll stick to them.
Setting Unrealistic Goals
via: GettyWe need to set ourselves up for success, and not for failure. Breaking down your main goal into smaller goals that we can accomplish easier will help you complete your resolution with less frustration.
Not Being Patient
via: GettyWe all want quick results and when we’re not expecting things to move quickly, we set ourselves up for failure. A perfect example of this would be the constant weight loss goals. These don’t happen overnight and those that do lose weight fast don’t keep it off. Whatever your goal is, expect it to be a journey, not a sprint.
Being Too Hard on Yourself
via: GettyIf you don’t achieve one of your smaller goals don’t give up. It can still be done. Failure is something that allows us to learn from our mistakes and keep going. Everyone has ups and downs, it’s how you work to get back on track that counts.
Doing Too Much At Once
via: GettyIt’s exciting to start the new year with positive changes. But sometimes working on too many changes at the same time can get overwhelming. Starting with one behavioral change can make it easier to move on to the next.
Hanging With the Wrong Crowd
via: GettySurround yourself with people that are trying to achieve the same goals as you. It also helps to have like-minded people around to keep you motivated.
Not Treating Yourself
via: GettyYou know those smalls goals you’ve created to achieve your main goal, reward yourself for achieving those. Realize what you’ve accomplished and it will keep you motivated to keep going.
Not Tracking Progress
via: GettyWhatever your goals are, if you’re not keeping track of your progress how can you see if you’re truly gaining where you should? Whether your resolution is to eat healthier, lose weight, or save money, writing down what you’re doing can help you determine what’s working and what’s not so you can tweak and develop as you go.
Not Asking For Help
via: GettyIt’s totally OK to ask for help. There are many online resources that can help you as well as fitness trainers or financial coaches. Someone with experience in what you want to achieve can help relieve any doubts you may have.
Overthinking Your Plan
via: GettyThe less you think and talk, the more you’ll do. It’s the time to stop thinking you can’t do something because of 'xyz' and just start doing.
Not Setting Deadlines
via: GettyCreating a schedule with end dates will give you a sense of urgency to accomplish your small goals and not procrastinate along the way. It’s an extra step to keep yourself accountable for what you're intending to achieve.
via: GettyIf you fall off for a bit, don’t worry, just pick right up from where you were.
Not Using a Buddy System
via: GettyAccountability is major when you’re trying to reach your goals. You can check each other when you’re not staying in line.
Not Staying Focused
via: GettyThis also falls under doing too much at once. When you’re thinking about trying to get to multiple goals, you’ll actually not achieve any of them. Focus on one goal at a time that will help you achieve the big picture in the end.
via: GettyAt some point there may be a minor slip up. The important thing is to learn from your mistake and keep going to achieve your goal. Don’t give up!
To Be Successful At Reaching Your Goals, You Have to Put in The Effort!
via: GettyIf you want to get out of debt, lose weight, or buy a house, you definitely can. That being said, the goals will not achieve themselves without work on your part. These are ways that can also help you achieve those goals.
Visualize Your SuccessAs long as you know that there is a time and place for it, daydreaming is a healthy practice. Creating real life visuals of how things will be once you achieve your goals is highly motivating.
Learn to Say NoA lot of times we get distracted by outside influences when we're on our way to achieving our goals. Learning to say no without guilt is something we should achieve before we take on the big picture.
Create a Vision Board
via: GettyA vision board can be highly inspirational. Using magazine pictures, inspirational quotes, collecting photos and putting them together in a place you can see every day can be very helpful in reminding you of what you want to achieve.
Sing in The ShowerThis sounds wacky for achieving goals but anything that can elevate your mood and keep you positive will increase your well-being. And when you're feeling good, you get more done.
Use a Sticker Chart
via: GettyGold stars are not just for school-aged children. Every time you achieve a goal, give yourself a gold star or any fun sticker. This small detail can give you a big sense of accomplishment.