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Why Do Resolutions Fail?

Setting resolutions is a common practice, but unfortunately, many people struggle to follow through on them. In fact, studies show that around 72% of people fail to stick to their resolutions. But don't worry, I'm here to help you understand why resolutions fail and provide you with practical tips to ensure you're part of the 27% who successfully achieve their goals!

5 Reasons Why Resolutions Fail

Over the years, I've personally experienced the challenges of sticking to resolutions because I've fallen into the traps of lacking clarity, setting unrealistic expectations, lacking accountability, failing to plan, and being inflexible. But through my own journey, I've learned valuable lessons and discovered effective strategies to overcome these obstacles and achieve my goals.

a womans head and hair with all resolutions she has planned for the year

Lack of Clarity

One of the main reasons resolutions fail is a lack of clarity. Vague goals like "lose weight" or "get fit" make it difficult to create a clear plan of action. To overcome this, it's important to define your goals in specific and measurable terms.

Ask yourself questions like: What exactly do I want to achieve? How will I know when I've reached my goal? By setting clear objectives, you can create a roadmap that guides your actions and keeps you focused.

Let's say your resolution is to "start a business." Instead of leaving it at that, get specific and define your business idea. For example, you could clarify your resolution by stating, "I will start an online coaching business to help people improve their public speaking skills."

Unrealistic Expectations

Setting unrealistic expectations is a common pitfall. While it's great to aim high, it's crucial to set goals that are attainable and realistic. Consider your current circumstances, resources, and capabilities. Break down your larger goal into smaller, achievable milestones. This way, you can experience a sense of progress and stay motivated along the way.

If your resolution is to "lose 50 pounds in one month," it may be unrealistic and potentially unhealthy. Instead, set a more achievable goal, such as aiming to lose 1-2 pounds per week through a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Lack of Accountability

Lack of accountability can lead to a loss of motivation and commitment. To address this, find ways to hold yourself accountable. Share your resolutions with someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, or mentor. Consider joining a support group or finding an accountability partner who shares similar goals. Regular check-ins, progress updates, and shared experiences can help keep you on track.

To address this, you can find an accountability partner who shares a similar goal. For instance, if your resolution is to read more books, you can team up with a friend who also wants to read more. Set a weekly or monthly book club meeting where you discuss the books you've read and hold each other accountable for staying on track.

Lack of Planning

Failing to create a detailed plan of action can make it challenging to stay on track. Break your resolution down into smaller, manageable steps and create a timeline to keep yourself accountable.

Create a timeline or schedule that outlines when and how you will work towards each step. This will provide structure and clarity, making it easier to track your progress and stay committed.

Let's say your resolution is to "save money." Instead of leaving it at that, create a detailed plan. Determine how much you want to save each month, identify areas where you can cut expenses, and set up automatic transfers to a savings account. Breaking down your resolution into actionable steps will make it easier to follow through.

Lack of Flexibility

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and rigid resolutions can become burdensome. It's important to be flexible and adaptable in your approach. If circumstances change or obstacles arise, be willing to adjust your goals or strategies accordingly. Embrace the idea that setbacks are a natural part of the journey, and view them as opportunities for growth and learning.

Life can be unpredictable, so it's important to be flexible with your resolutions. For example, if your resolution is to "run a marathon," but you sustain an injury during training, be willing to adjust your goal. Instead, focus on recovering and participating in a shorter race or setting a new fitness goal that aligns with your current circumstances.

7 ways to Avoid the Pitfalls and Succeed with your resolutions

  • Set Specific and Measurable Goals: Instead of setting vague resolutions, be specific about what you want to achieve. For example, instead of saying "get fit," set a goal to "exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week."

  • Create a Plan: Break your resolution down into actionable steps. Create a daily, weekly, and monthly plan to help you stay focused and motivated.

  • Find an Accountability Partner: Share your goals with a trusted friend, family member, or mentor who can hold you accountable. Regular check-ins and support can make a significant difference in your progress.

  • Celebrate Small Wins: Recognise and celebrate your achievements along the way. Small victories will keep you motivated and reinforce your commitment to your resolution.

  • Stay Flexible and Adapt: Life can throw curveballs, and it's essential to be adaptable. If circumstances change, adjust your goals accordingly without losing sight of the bigger picture.

  • Track Your Progress: Keep a journal or use a tracking app to monitor your progress. Seeing how far you've come can provide the motivation you need to keep going.

  • Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself if you stumble or face setbacks. Remember that progress is not always linear, and it's okay to make mistakes. Learn from them and keep moving forward.

By implementing these strategies, you can increase your chances of being part of the 27% who successfully follow through on their resolutions! Remember, consistency and perseverance are key. Stay committed, stay focused, and believe in yourself. You've got this!


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If you're looking to fast-track your results and overcome any mental barriers that may be holding you back, I highly recommend reaching out to me Elizabeth Caplin, EC Hypnotherapy. I am a skilled hypnotherapist who can help you tap into the power of your subconscious mind and unlock your full potential. My expertise can provide valuable support and guidance on your journey towards achieving your resolutions.

Remember, you have the ability to create positive change in your life. Embrace the process, stay committed, and believe in yourself. Here's to a successful year ahead!


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