Don’t Be a Statistic; Avoid These New Years Resolution Traps!

By: Melanie Nelson

According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, 80% fail to keep their New Years Resolutions…and the majority quit by the second week of February. #holysmokes That’s definitely not where you want to be a month into the new decade, so avoid these New Years Resolution traps!

According to the Science Journal; The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, over half of the Resolutions made for a new year are health, fitness, or weight-loss related. Not surprising right?
I know from decades of working with people that some get bored & others are easily derailed by life’s drama, but most get discouraged by the feeling they are not getting results fast enough. We are a ‘results-orientated’ species so, when we don’t see or feel them quickly enough, we have a tendency to quit.
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So let’s not be a statistic this year, avoid these New Years Resolution traps and make a plan to succeed!
Here are 4 sure-fire ways to ensure this is YOUR year!

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Weird right? But hear me out because this is one of the easiest New Years resolution traps there is. We all have a vision of what we want to be or what we wish our life could be, and it’s often some utopia version that seems slightly out of reach. While I am a fan of having VISION, the truth is, to achieve it starts with your VERY next step and the one after that, and the one after that. They aren’t hard or sexy, but it’s that saying; “you have to take the staircase to success, there is no elevator”. Making smaller goals, like what you are committed to no matter what THIS week, helps you maintain progress towards your ultimate vision.

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The more specific you are in your goals and commitments, the more likely you are to achieve them. Most people say I am going to go to the gym, get fit, eat right, and lose these 40 extra pounds. That is great, but HOW? Instead, for example try this: “This Sunday I will meal plan & prep for TLS® Rapid Results for the week. I will do three cardio workouts, no less than 25 min long and two weight training sessions at the gym. One Upper body and one lower body.” That is a specific goal and commitment you can measure, achieve and celebrate!

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If we know that, statistically, most quit in the 6th week, then we can plan ahead to overcome that challenge (whatever it might be). I always say, if it is predictable, it’s preventable & that no one is born with self-discipline! It’s something that’s cultivated by using strategies & small goals. Setting smaller goals with a strategy means you can celebrate successes weekly rather than waiting for the utopia moment when all of your goals have finally been reached. Strategies, like being accountable to a coach or having a work out buddy, help tremendously. You could even commit to a charity run or Tough Mudder so you know you’ll stick to your TLS® routine! When life’s drama shows up, you’ll have a plan to help you stick to self-care and putting yourself at the top of your priority list because, over time, you’ll have built a habit and have accountability to back you up.

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We all need encouragement, but many of us often feel we don’t get enough. The strategy that changed my life was when I learned to take control of inspiring and encouraging myself. The truth is, most tend towards negativity, self-doubt, and fear.  This means that positive self-talk might not come easy, so we have to purposefully lift our selves up. For most of us, we need to do this daily.  I listen to motivational videos or podcasts related to my goals and inner strength or read books and articles that educate & inspire me to be more, do more. Repeating those positive affirmations, wherever I get them from, aloud helps me to manifest the attitude, energy, and reality I want to create. Do these things daily & you’ll instill the BELIEF that you can overcome any challenges you may face.
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One of the New Year’s resolution traps I feel that people fall into is only making goals once a year. I make new goals and commitments every 3 months, and this really keeps me on point and motivated towards my ultimate goal and vision!
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Thanks for reading! This is your year and remember, you are worth it!  Comment below with what you felt was most helpful, or what you are excited to implement.