January 2016 Newsletter
3 reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail…and the 7 keys to success.
If you’re doing these 3 things, chances are you won’t achieve your goals for the New Year:
1. Setting unrealistic goals or having unrealistic time frames:
If you set a goal to lose 20 lbs. by the end of the month, or to suddenly switch from a sedentary, snooze bar lifestyle to waking up at 5am and exercising for an hour every morning, or to stop spending and start saving 20% of your income, you’re likely to fail like most people who make resolutions or set goals. Make sure your goals are achievable and believable, or you’ll end up disappointed.
2. Trying to accomplish too much at once:
If you set 10 realistic goals with realistic time frames, but you attempt to do them all at once (like the beginning of January), it’s likely to become overwhelming and these goals will fall to the wayside one by one. Stick to one goal at a time. Once you have achieved that one, focus on another one.
3. Not having a strategy or step-by-step action plan:
Perhaps your only goal is to lose 20 lbs. in 3 months. That’s definitely achievable. But not unless you specifically identify how you’re going to achieve it. What changes will you make to your diet? How will exercise fit into the picture? How will you modify your schedule and account for the role of other people (negative influences)? You must have a game plan to deal with potential obstacles and setbacks. The more you can break your goal into specific steps, the easier it will be.