Why new resolutions fail


January being the month for resolutions & good habits, I wondered “why do 99% of new year resolutions fail?” (or at least, disappear after a couple of weeks)

Here is the top 10 of the new year’s resolution that I found here:

Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

No matter what your resolutions, they won’t last for long until you:

P R E P A R E.

If you think about it, why don’t we stick to healthy diet, to exercise, or make some project happen (travel, learning experience…)?

Simply because we don’t take time to prepare.

Whether you are determined to implement a habit (e.g: running, eat healthy) or achieve something big (e.g. travel the world, meet your soul mate) you need to prepare yourself: mentally & practically.

Take a few minutes – everyday – to picture yourself accomplish what you want to become your reality. Then, think about the steps that needs to implemented to reach your goal.

For instance, if your goal is go running everyday – you know that you need to set time aside for it, put on your sportswear and leave your flat. Don’t let take to your brain to ask: “do I want to go running?” “is it cold outside?” “where are my shoes?” “do I have enough time?” No! Set your alarm, prepare your running clothes & shoes, your cereal bar, your music playlist, etc. Having that prepared in advance, you won’t have to take the decision to run or not – you will just do it.

Same thing for a big achievement, e.g. “Get a promotion”: What do you need to do for that? Are you already working on this everyday? Prepare do-list, ask for feedback to your boss about your competencies: Not only will your goal seem more achievable once you can see clearly the steps, but also you will feel that your everyday efforts have a purpose.


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