If you want to know why your New Year’s resolutions fail, then read on.
Out of the hundreds of sites I’ve come across, getting fit or losing weight ranks 1st on a list of the top new year’s resolutions people make.
So, as the New Year arrives, the fitness business gets the most attention — gym membership skyrockets, fitness equipment gets more sales, and personal training business shoots up through the roof!
Unfortunately, this doesn’t last, of course. A lot of people are lousy at throwing bad habits and maintaining the newly created ones, so they just give up and convince themselves that fitness is not for them.
Sadly, these are the very same people that will make the same resolutions the next year, and the next year.
Why do you think this happens?
What I’ve found out is, these people fail to stick to their new year’s resolutions, not just fitness goals, for 5 reasons.
5 Reasons Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Fail — And How To Fix Them!
1. You don’t write your goals
The first reason why your New Year’s resolutions fail is because you don’t write your goals. Surprised, huh?
Did you know that there’s magic in writing your goals down on a piece of paper? And did you know that a lot of successful people know the power of this process?
When you think about what you want to have and achieve and write each of them down, a magical process happens. Suddenly, you now have a clarity of the things that you want in your life.
Writing your goals down is like imprinting into your subconscious mind the things that you want to manifest, and like a servomechanism, given that you trust and show faith to the process, your brain will steer you in the direction that will get you to that goal.
If you think that I am bullshitting you, I am not. Almost all the books and stories about success all arise from the Law Of Attraction. Read and learn more about it.
This is the reason why I love notebooks, planners, and sticky notes, because I get to write a lot of my goals.
I write down my goals every day.
I write down my goals for the month.
I write down my goals for the year.
I write down my weight goals.
I write down my strength goals.
I write down my body fat goals.
And the funny thing is, after reviewing each year, what I will usually find out is that I already achieved more than 80% of everything that I wrote.
The key here is writing your goals down following this simple question:
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
You want to be a millionaire? Write it down.
You want to have a 6-pack abs this year? Write it down.
You want to attract the partner of your dreams? Write it down.
Don’t think about how you’re going to do it — not just yet. The important thing is you write them all down.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I showed a few of my close friends the goals that I wrote at the beginning of the year. We were both amazed and surprised.
2. You focus on the negative
Another reason why your New Year’s resolutions fail is because you think more about the sacrifices that you will be making instead of the end results that you will be having.
Like most people, they constantly think of the things that they should be giving up(binge eating, Facebooking, oversleeping, a bit of partying), and less more of the things they will get after sticking to their goals (confidence, energy, attraction, health, abs, success, etc.).
The key here snapping yourself out when you catch yourself thinking about the negative voice in your head, then replace it with the thoughts of the things you will be having a couple of months from now.
Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.
3. You think too much of the future
The third possible reason why your New Year’s resolutions fail is because you think too much of the future.
Setting goals is thinking about the future, but you shouldn’t spend a lot of your time doing that. When you think about the future too much, most likely, you will get overwhelmed. You will suddenly think that you need to do this, and that, and these, and more of those.
The key here is doing what successful people do, and they call it chunking. Chunking is a term referring to the process of taking a large amount of work and dividing it into small tasks.
Let’s say your goal is, “I want to lose weight a lot of weight!“
Don’t think much about the things you’re going to do simultaneously to lose weight. Instead, chunk it down. And how do you chunk the goals into actionable steps?
By writing it down.
Set a task for each day of the week, with each task’s goal is to get you closer to your end goal.
Monday – learn about calories — Google it, read about it, take notes, etc.
Tuesday – learn about macros
Wednesday – download myfitnesspal and play with it. Start logging food
Thursday – buy X book and start reading
Friday – Since the lazy lifter said do fasted cardio, I will run today.
Saturday – get my calories right for the day
Sunday – reward myself
And so on.
Don’t focus too much on the future. Instead, focus on what you can accomplish day by day and you will be surprised how far you will achieve in next few months.
4. You are looking for a quick solution
The fourth reason why your New Year’s resolutions fail is because you favor instant over delayed gratification.
Some people are so fired up when January 1st arrives, and what they will do is pour all their energy doing two hours of cardio together with weight training, then starve themselves on a 1000-calorie diet. They want results that fast that they expect to undo the years of damage they’ve done in just 4 weeks. That’s a recipe for disaster.
Usually, what will happen is they will get burnt out after 2 weeks and give up all throughout. Setting unrealistic expectations is not the answer.
Another thing is, these people think that hard work is the only solution. It’s not. I am always in favor of training smart than training hard.
Treat the process of building muscle and losing fat as a marathon, not a sprint. That means you have to go slow and be patient, than go fast and give up soon.
5. You fear change
The last possible reason why your New Year’s resolutions fail is because you fear change.
This reason has more to do with experienced trainees but can also be applied to beginners as well.
Most people, especially those who have huge egos, are very resistant to change. They are afraid of trying new things and learning from other people, because they see themselves and their ways better than most.
Examples of these are:
People who saw quick results doing high volume exercises and getting pumps, then preach it to everyone.
People who experience muscle swelling training 6 days a week, then tell everyone that it’s the only way to workout.
People who have read that losing weight is just a matter of eating healthy foods, then don’t welcome the idea of eating anything and counting calories.
These are just a few.
Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same things all over again and expecting a different result.”
If you’re not getting the results that you want using a specific way, ask yourself, are you repeating the same behaviors while expecting a different result? Why not be more flexible and welcome other ideas as well?
On a last note, before badmouthing a different method than what you’re currently doing, make sure that you’ve already tried the other method yourself. That would give you a credibility to criticize.
Now that you’ve learned why your New Year’s resolutions fail, you can restart again with a new set of empowering tools that can help you succeed.
I hope this article helps you crush your goals this 2017! Advance Happy New Year to you all!
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