You made it through the holidays and now it's time to celebrate 2013. Do you have any new year's resolutions this year? It seems as though everyone has one, and even though we start the year with grand ambitions, too often a month or two later, we lose sight of the goal. Why do so many people fail at their new year’s resolutions?
I think there are several reasons. First, too many people consider a resolution an all-or-nothing undertaking. Viewing it as something so black and white means if you slip, you simply give up altogether. For me, I know weight loss is an ongoing process, and it's human nature to have an off day here and there. Missing a day at the gym or eating an extra cookie is not what ultimately matters. It's the cumulative effort that counts, so remember to reward yourself and celebrate the small successes as you make your way toward your ultimate goal.
The second reason I think people fail is that it's too easy to make excuses. There will always be a reason to fail - you're too busy at work, there's not enough money, you don't feel well, the kids take up all your free time. There is a plethora of excuses, but if it's important enough, you'll make it happen. Don't let life get in the way of your goals, because in the end your goals will make life so much better.
Finally, I think people make resolutions that are too vague or are completely unrealistic. Want to lose weight? Don't just join a gym with the intention of working out, set a specific goal of going once a week. Saying you'll go every day is rather ambitious and can set you up for failure. Another good example: Instead of focusing on losing 50 pounds, set a goal for 5. When you succeed, you can always build on the momentum.
Happy 2013 to all my RightSize readers. I'm happy to have you with me through my weight loss journey and look forward to another great year.
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