Almost half of all Americans this year will make a New Year’s Resolution. Of these 161.5 Million people only about 8% will actually achieve their resolution and around 80% of them will fail by February. Weather your resolution be to lose weight, stop smoking, or make better financial decisions, the reasons most people fail are the same.
- The loss of motivation.
- Lack of support.
Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Always Fail
The Loss Of Motivation
The first week of the new year most people are excited and ready to take on their new challenge. But the next week when someone brings a box of chocolate donuts into the office that motivation starts slipping quickly. The new is starting to wear off of your goal and it’s less exciting.
This is where pushing through is so vital. This is the transition from “diet” to “lifestyle.” When making a huge change you have to realize that not every day is going to be the pumped up and ready to go out and reach your goal kind of day. Some days it’s going to be saying no to those donuts and putting your goal first even when you don’t want to. (Though I do encourage you eating the donut occasionally because you have to have a little bit of balance).
Additionally I think you have to find something that motivates you that you can look at or touch or just be some kind of reminder of why you made your New Year’s Resolution in the first place. If you are trying to quit smoking figure out why you are trying to quit. Is it because you want to be healthier for your kids? Then have a specific picture of your kids that you look at every time a craving hits you. Are you trying to lose weight because you want to be able to fit into the jeans from before you had a baby (my personal goal) then keep those jeans out where you see them every single day. It’s about having that little reminder in the back of your head whenever temptation is in your head.
Achieving your New Year’s Resolutions is a total mind game. You are physically capable of reaching your goals. It’s convincing your mind that you can that is the hard part. Find that trick that will reinvigorate you when you are having a weak moment.
Lack Of Support
I’ve been there. Have you ever told your loved one about your goal and they go “yeah right, believe it when I see it.” It’s like they almost want to be supportive but don’t believe you will achieve your goal. Or they will be super supportive but still eat all the donuts in front of you and almost taunt you.
It can be so disheartening when you put in so much effort and no one seems to care or truly have your back. This is where you get to find your tribe. It is so important it is to find people who are in the same boat as yourself.
Facebook is an AMAZING resource! I swear there is a group out there for absolutely everyone with every type of resolution you can think of. Seriously just search for whatever your resolution is and I promise there is a group out there to match.
If you are interested in making a fitness change and want a personal cheerleader then be sure to check out my personal training plans here! I’ll be on your side at all times showing you how to reach your goals while keeping your motivated to do so!