How To Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolutions in 2012
Let’s be real: how often do we keep up with our resolutions past the second week of the New Year? One day you’re pumped about losing those extra 10 pounds, and the next thing you know, your resolutions have been thrown to the back burner. Sure, we’re all guilty of it, but have you ever sat down to understand why resolutions are so hard to keep? Maybe your everyday life got too wild to keep your resolutions thriving, or perhaps you realized the resolution you made wasn’t one you wanted to maintain after all. Whatever the case, we’ve come up with three major reasons why resolutions tend to fizzle and even given you ways to make sure yours don’t blow into dust this coming New Year. Thank us later.
Lack of commitment.
Many enter the New Year toting resolutions that were drawn up with a blind eye. You know what you want to do, but you haven’t thought out exactly how you’re going to do it. It’s as simple as this: actions really do speak louder than words, and vehicles don’t run on empty tanks. You can’t get moving if you don’t turn your own wheels, so fuel that engine of desire and get to working towards a bigger, better you.
Which leads us to our next point. Hate to break it to you, but “being more healthy” is not an adequate resolution. You may ask, “But what’s wrong with wanting to be more healthy?” Nothing at all. The real issue lies within the lack of specification of the steps being taken towards achieving your goal. Why do you want to be more healthy, how can you do it and what’s going to help you get to where you want to be? The more specifically you define your goals (maybe you want to consume less fat and thus will opt to eliminate one trip to your favorite fast food restaurant per week), the more realistic they will become.
Failure to recognize your true desires.
This is the big resolution killer. Most of the time, we tend to make resolutions based on what we think we should do and not necessarily what we want to do. To obtain something we want is to reap rewards, and where there are rewards also exists dedication. It’s a no-brainer that you’re happiest doing what you love, so why not turn things around for 2012 and work towards something you’re passionate about? Remember that your own happiness comes first before anything. Happy resolution making