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New year is coming soon and we might be in the holiday atmosphere now. People make resolutions with positive thinking and enthusiasm, but many of the points fail in the middle of the year. What makes New Year resolutions fail?
If you have not checked out our previous topic on New Year, then you have to. Here they are:
There are many people make reflection and resolution in the beginning of the year but there are a few people that feel successful at the end of the year. It also often happens to our children. We make the reflection and resolution together, but we rarely check them out together so that the fresh ideas and spirit just lost in the time that runs very fast.
Therefore, it is necessary to do some thought around what make resolutions fail so that we can get better in many ways of life. Before we go through some preventive action to keep the resolutions, there isn't any lost if you read some tips on setting up goals that we can use to make resolution.
What Makes New Year Resolutions Fail
Here are some of the cause of the resolution achievement:
This is the main reason for the failures. Resolutions without action is impossible. It is like a faith without realization. It is like a dream only. Action is the basic inquiry for the success of resolutions.
There isn't any progress control or tracker
A regular periodical control is needed to make sure that the desired goals are achieved. Here are some things need to be included in the control sheets:
- All of the goal list is to show what you want to accomplish in certain period. Make sure that you have specific date for each of them.
- Individual goal planning is to break down the goals into steps needed to take and due dates to meet.
- Evaluation of the achievements.
Don't be ashamed when you cannot meet the goals. Be honest on what you have achieved since it will lead you into a real life, not a made up or artificial one. The honest result is a way to go to the next appropriate steps.
There is a better offer or chance
In the middle of the way, there might be a much better choice or options. Is it wrong to change your track? I was once like that. In the beginning of the year after I made a new year resolution, everything changed because of a great chance to join a homeschooling blogger network. I am not going to say that choosing a better option is a disloyal attitude although it is a not consistent choice. As long as it is for our better life, why should we refuse it. Of course I make and modify some things in my planning. Chance might not come twice.
There are too many and too hard things to cover
One requirement of a good goal is SMART as you can read in the Setting SMART Goals. Too many and too hard things make the goals not achievable. Before we fail, it is better to prevent the failure happens, isn't it? Checking our goals would be wiser before we plan to break them down. Everyone should know his or her own capabilities to work out the goals. It is better to have simple ones but they are attainable than to have a lot of ideal ones but unattainable.
Lack of details
Resolutions without due date or time date is only just a wish or a dream. They will only lost very soon with the running time. There is just a very view possibility that the resolutions would be achieved. Anyway, some people are not good in written planning in detail. A list of 12 steps for each of a month will already be helpful. You might divide it in quarters first if you are not sure with that many steps. It is probably one step will wait for the previous step accomplished first.
Anything can happen in a year. When your resolution sounds that you want to reduce your weight to 15 kg, but you have the fact in June you are pregnant, you will absolutely change your resolutions. Is that right? That is an unavoidable matter.
What are your resolutions
Here are some great books about time management and motivation to help you achieve your goals:
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less TimeSay Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for LifeThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingLiving Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life