According to several research surveys, approximately 50% of Americans make resolutions every year. Losing weight, getting organized, sticking to a budget, exercising more and quitting smoking are some of the most common resolutions reported. Sadly, these same surveys estimate that by the end of January, most people are inconsistent at sticking to their resolutions, and by mid-February as many as 85% will fail or give up completely.
Here are some of the main reasons we aren't successful in our choices:
You make the same resolutions year after year. Albert Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Telling yourself every January that you are going to make a specific change, and then not doing it, is not only insane by Einstein's definition, but it's also frustrating and demoralizing.
You have three or more resolutions on your list. When we try to make major changes in many different areas of our lives at the same time, we often end up overwhelmed. Change takes effort, energy and work, and we all have limited amounts of time, willpower and resources.
Your have no real motivation to change. If you struggle to stay motivated once the initial excitement around your resolution fades, there's a good chance your "why" isn't strong enough. When desire and commitment aren't rock solid, you end up giving up too quickly and reverting back to life as you know it.
Your resolution is unrealistic. Take a look at where you are currently in regards to your big goal. If the gap between where you are and where you want to be feels enormous, you might need to dial it down a bit.
You really don't believe you will succeed. If your inner critic is telling you there is no way you'll succeed, you won't. Ben Franklin wisely said, "Whether you believe you can or you can't, you are right."
Making resolutions really means you are resolving to change. It's hard work but doesn't have to be drudgery. Although reaching the destination is the best reward, enjoying the journey along the way will keep you energized and excited.