Why Do 80% of People Fail New Year's Resolutions?
With the start of every new year, millions of people around the world make resolutions in the hope of improving their lives. However, studies have shown that a staggering 80% of individuals fail to keep their commitments within just a few months.   This was shocking to me!  I didn't feel so alone in my failure after learning this.
One of the key reasons why people fail to achieve their New Year's resolutions is the establishment of unrealistic expectations. Many individuals set overly ambitious goals without considering their current circumstances or abilities. For example, resolving to hit the gym for an hour every day when you've never been a regular exerciser can be overwhelming.  I know I failed this one, more than once!  
Another significant factor contributing to resolution failures is the lack of proper planning and accountability. Setting goals without a concrete plan often leads to aimless efforts, making it easier to give up over time. To counter this, break your resolution into small, actionable steps that you can follow. Additionally, finding an accountability partner or joining a community with similar goals can greatly increase your chances of success by providing support and encouragement.
Sustaining motivation and willpower can be challenging when faced with inevitable obstacles and setbacks. As the initial excitement wears off, it's common for individuals to lose interest and give up on their resolutions. To combat this, it's important to remind yourself of the underlying reasons why you made the resolution in the first place. Visualize the benefits and stay motivated by tracking your progress and celebrating small milestones along the way.
Perfectionism and the all-or-nothing mentality can also contribute to the failure of New Year's resolutions. Many people believe that if they can't do something perfectly, it's not worth doing at all. This mindset often leads to disappointment and eventually abandoning the resolution altogether. Embrace the concept of progress over perfection and recognize that small steps forward, even if imperfect, are still steps in the right direction.
And here is my number one tip to success........Really sit with how you want to feel, if you had been successful in your resolutions.  Set your resolutions around how you want to feel, instead of the action of going to the gym or eating healthy.  For me, when I set a goal to laugh 400 times a day, my whole world changed for the better.   My relationships, my career, my living situation, my health (laughter really is the best medicine).  I am not sure what it is for you, but I know that setting resolutions around how you want to feel, is a life changer.

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