6 Ways To Avoid New Year’s Resolutions Failures

Are our New Year’s resolutions doomed to fail? Maybe not. Just because they failed last year, and the year before that, doesn’t mean that you can’t change the pattern and experience the success you desire.

Let’s look at the ways to avoid failure:

1. Steer clear of planning on a grandiose scale
Too big a goal can result in too quick a failure. Think smaller. Break your goal down into bite sized, measurable milestones.

2. Anticipate difficulties
Any resolution will have inherent difficulties. Anticipate ahead of time the types of situations that will cause you to lose a grip on reaching your resolution. For example, if you want to stop smoking, avoid settings like bars, where cigarettes are in abundance.

3. Avoid procrastination
Your resolution requires a change in action, behavior or thoughts. Postponing these changes will sabotage your hope for success. Watch out for the myriad of excuses to not follow through on your resolution that may arise.

4. Select changes for the right reasons
If the changes don’t accomplish hidden goals, then it will be difficult to stay the course. For example, if the goal to lose weight is for the purpose of having more suitors, the diet is likely to fail if the latter doesn’t occur.

5. Cut the self-deprivation
Set realistic goals for yourself, and establish rewards for short goals accomplished. In other words, if the end goal is the gold ring, set up some brass rings along the way. Take a few moments to give yourself a pat on the back for having accomplished said goal.

6. Be alert to subconscious expectation of failure
If, deep inside, you expect failure because of previous failed New Year’s Eve resolutions, you may be setting yourself up to fail once again.

This year, when you decide to stop smoking, lose weight, reduce expenditures, etc., approach it differently. Recognize that January 1 is just one of 364 other similar days in the year. There is nothing magical about any one day of the year. If you experience a setback, that’s all it is; a setback. Keep moving forward, enjoy the process, and all you learn about yourself along the journey towards your goals.

Eileen Lenson
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