Why do New Year’s Resolutions fail?
- We’re treating a marathon like a sprint.
An “I want it all and I want it now” attitude sets you up for failure immediately. The last thing you want to do is to remodel your entire life overnight. Especially when you likely haven’t even come up with an action plan on how to do it. Just saying you’re going to do something is too inflexible, leaving too much room for inevitable disappointment and guilt when you break that rule. ‘Actionable structure’ needs to be put in place for change to occur.
- We make unrealistic resolutions.
Also called “false hope syndrome,” resolutions are often unrealistic and out of alignment with your internal view of yourself. In other words, you don’t really believe in yourself. I mean think about how many times have you let yourself down already with this goal? Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being, and this can be damaging to your self-esteem.
- We make false assumptions of cause and effect.
You may think that if you lose weight, or quit smoking or exercise more, your entire life will change. When it doesn’t, you may get discouraged and quickly revert back to old behaviors.
- Resolutions are based on willpower, not a system.
People are generally not good at maintaining the willpower necessary to achieve long-term goals and are typically only able to sustain the willpower for near-instant gratification, which most resolutions (particularly those related to long-term health and wellness) are not.
Tips for making them stick:
- Set realistic, specific goals.
“Lose weight” is not specific; “lose 10 pounds in 90 days” is.
- Take small steps.
Many people quit after realizing the large demands their resolution requires; if you set a series of smaller goals, you’re more likely to achieve them. Stop trying to turn progress into perfection.
- Don’t wait until New Year’s to set resolutions!
If it’s a change that you want to see happen, you should want to see it happen all the time, not just the first month of the year. Spend some time throughout the entire year reassessing your goals and re-prioritizing your energy.
So, let’s refocus: we have these goals and resolutions for our bodies and minds: we want strength, fitness, balance, health and confidence… and we want them to last us a lifetime. And as the tips above suggest, making good on these promises to ourselves is a matter of real and true commitment to the goal. It’s a matter of action today, not reaction tomorrow.
In fact, let the act of reading this article be your catalyst for action! We happen to be writing this from Greenpoint’s neighborhood fitness and wellness studio, Human@Ease; and we’ve developed an intensive, holistic 12-week program to help you persevere in your commitments towards achieving your ideal version of yourself, both externally and internally! This program, The B.E.S.T. Plan, is designed to deal with past conditioning and emotional obstacles related to nutrition and to break the addiction to processed foods. With a meaningful focus on nutritional and exercise education, we incorporate methods to strengthen and improve all systems of the body, delivering the lifelong results we’ve all resolved to pursue.
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Don’t disregard your commitments to yourself in 2017. Give yourself a chance to make good on your resolutions and make good on your health.
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