6 New Year's Resolutions Destined to Fail

6 New Year’s Resolutions Destined to Fail
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Are you someone who makes the same New Year’s resolution over and over again? It's time to stop that madness. Read on to discover six types of resolutions that are destined for failure. Learn what they are so that you can make smarter resolutions, ones you can actually keep. It’s going to be a great year!

All-or-Nothing Resolutions

When you aim for the extreme, you set yourself up for disaster. Let’s say you eat too much chocolate.

Saying that you'll NEVER have chocolate again is unrealistic. Instead, give yourself a realistic goal, like finding smarter treats to satisfy your craving for it.

Similarly, when it comes to weight loss, it’s tempting to rule out too many foods. Think twice about trying to completely swear off all sugar or subscribing to a diet that is rigidly low in fat. Having this all-or-nothing mentality will backfire when you inevitably slip up. Trust me, it’s a diet mistake.

Vague Resolutions

Who doesn’t want to be skinny, confident, and/or financially successful? But declaring any of these your New Year’s resolution and hoping it magically happens is a little foolish, yet common. Scary stat: only 8 percent of people achieve their resolutions! That’s largely because without an actual plan or specific goal, you have no means of getting there.

It's important to look at behaviors that can help you to reach your resolutions.

Yes, you want to be fit, but are you willing to change the way you eat? If so, dive in and commit to healthy habits to help you out.

If you’re in it to win it, take some time to create weekly goals that state what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. Make them SMART: specific, measurable, action oriented, realistic, and time based.

It’s the difference between saying, “I'll exercise more this year,” and “I'll visit the YCMA this afternoon, take a tour, and get info on membership.” Setting these small, manageable goals is one of several mental strategies you can do to think yourself thin.

Too Many Resolutions 

Don’t spread yourself too thin or take on too much! For the greatest chance of success, focus on one goal you truly want to accomplish. Actually achieving a New Year’s resolution takes hard work. Trying to make changes in many different areas of your life will likely be overwhelming. Pick a resolution, and make it count!

Resolutions Tied to Unrealistic Timelines or Numbers

I know, I just said don’t be vague. But, it’s also important to be reasonable with your goals. Take that big-picture resolution and cut it down into smaller goals. And if you miss one, just get right back on track. It's never too late.

And if your resolution involves weight loss, don’t live or die by the number on your scale. Many factors go into weight loss, and the number can fluctuate on a day-to-day basis. Don't let yourself get discouraged!

Resolutions That Aren’t in Your Control

I’m talking about resolutions like “I’m going to get into a serious relationship.” You can be proactive by joining dating websites and getting out there to meet people, but you can't really guarantee the outcome.

Similarly, even though magazines and infomercials promise to give us six-pack abs, some of our bodies aren't capable of this type of change. Aim to improve and take actionable steps, but don’t resolve to make changes that you can’t control.

Overly Ambitious Resolutions

I want you to succeed, so please, be realistic! Don’t make a goal to run a marathon if you’ve never run more than a mile in your life. Don’t resolve to be the CEO by December if you're currently an intern. If you make your resolution too lofty, it’s unlikely you’ll achieve it. Set goals for yourself that you can reasonably work toward and achieve.

For example, if you're a mindlessly munching night owl, set a goal to be in bed by 10pm on weeknights. Something as easy as getting a good night’s rest can help you reach a weight-loss goal!

So what do you think? Are you ready to make a resolution that sticks this year? Here are five resolutions that you can keep all year long!

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