Stick It!

New Year, new you. The turn of the year brings renewed inspiration to accomplish all those goals we’ve been dreaming of for months.

When setting this year’s goals, you might find yourself reflecting on past resolutions that didn’t work out too well. If you feel you’re never quite able to accomplish those New Year ambitions, you’re not alone. According to “U.S. News & World Report,” 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.

What’s going wrong? While everyone’s goals differ, there are some common ways you might be standing in the way of your own success.

Your goals aren’t clear

    • Unclear goals create indifference and confusion in how to accomplish or maintain the resolution.
    • Tailor tasks that align with who you are and where you wish to be. Sincerity and openness with yourself will produce clear objectives that are easier to maintain and achieve.

You feel overwhelmed

    • In short, 2020 was overwhelming. Being overwhelmed may cause you to quit before you even start.
    • Set goals that don’t take too much room on an already-full plate. Tackle the easiest things first and renegotiate priorities to be manageable.

You feel discouraged

    • Change doesn’t happen overnight but many of us become impatient in the process. You may feel you aren’t seeing the progress you had hoped for.
    • Keep moving forward! Try a new routine or consider other strategies that might help you accomplish your goal.

You’re not ready to change

    • Setting new goals shows a desire to change but if you aren’t ready to make necessary adjustments, that goal might remain a dream.
    • Connect with your goal. If you can’t make certain changes right now, reconsider setting this goal later when you can be more dedicated
    • As we persevere through a global pandemic, it’s important to make realistic resolutions. Don’t stand in the way of your own success. Instead, work to incorporate healthy goals into your everyday life.

For more ways to make your New Year’s resolution stick, visit https://www.apa.org/topics/new-year-resolutions.

If you want to make a change, but don’t know where to start, visit https://www.health.com/mind-body/top-10-healthiest-new-years-resolutions for the top 10 healthiest New Year’s Resolutions.

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