10 reasons why your New Year's Resolution fails

by Armando Bartolome

Posted at Dec 20 2014 01:12 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2014 09:31 PM

Women take 'selfies' with a Christmas tree outside a mall along Orchard Road in Singapore. Photo by Edgar Su, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines -- Chances are at some point in your life you've made a New Year’s resolution — and then broken it. A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter in the book that is your life.

But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory.

Let us take a look in the 10 reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail.

1. Doing a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. It usually takes time to remodel our entire life but we should at least make every minute worth. Small steps are better than a big leap.

2. Putting the cart before the horse.

Simply doing stupid things that is not really appropriate and compatible with the goal that you need to achieve.

3. Don’t have the confidence to do such things.

Every person should believe in the ability and capacity on how you can make things possible.

4. Think too much but don’t do enough.

Don’t just focus on words. Actions are better than any letter in your mind. Without doing anything, you can achieve nothing.

5. Too excited to make things done in a short period of time.

You should be patient enough to make things great. Don’t put yourself too much in a hurry. This is where at times we all want to have instant gratification.

6. Don’t enjoy the steps you are doing.

In making things possible, you should have the passion to do it.

7. Trying too hard.

In processing what you planned, try to be relaxed. Don’t exert exaggerated efforts so that it will not lead to disappointment. Just keep things calm and surely, you will get better results.

8. Don’t track the progress you’ve made.

How can you say that you are stepping on the next stage of the process if you are not keeping a record of your improvement? Try to keep a record of the things you’ve successfully made.

9. Don’t receive enough support from the people around you.

Try to share your thoughts about your plans with your friends and families for you not to feel alone all the way. In that way, you can receive social supports and that can help you to continue what you are doing.

10. Know what you are but you don’t know why.

It simply means you know what you want but you don’t know why you it. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself. The more you make your goal specific, the more vivid it will be in your imagination.

If in the process, you do not succeed, never allow frustration to set in. There is still a chance to do all over again. Do note that as they say, “Rome was never built in a day”.

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