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Why you are not Achieving your New Years Resolution

Happy New Year everyone! I hope all of you had and amazingly fun night with family and friends. And I hope this year is full of blessings, laughs, and love. Now, lets get serious. New year, new you, right? Heck yeah! We are going to make this our year, but we need a plan for that.

According to Forbes magazine, only 8% of people achieve their New Year's resolution each year. If you are reading this, you want to be part of that 8%. So, here I bring you the most common reasons why people fail and some tips on how to stick to your resolutions/goals and actually achieve them.

Your goals are too general
Let's imagine you are all pumped and excited about becoming fitter this year. You walk into the gym and there are a little too many different machines, a couple classes, and a sing-up sheet for intramurals; boom you are overwhelmed and lost

What went wrong? You had a goal but not a plan. Having resolutions that are too general is not a good way to start a year. A better way to approach this situation is to have mini goals; for example, being able to squat a certain amount of weight and running a 5K race. 

If you want to get fitter, there are many ways in which you can achieve this. But if you want to squat and run, you have to work on your leg strength  It is all about specific enough goals that will make the goal simple to achieve, and will not let you get lost in the path.

You are missing a buddy
No matter what your goal is, studying more or running a marathon, do not do it alone. The support from another person working towards the same goal will boost your motivation and results. Get a buddy that has the same interests as you and will push you to achieve your goals. 

Also, I had always heard that "the top is a cold and lonely place." But it doesn't have to be. Motivate each other and the reward will not only be achieving the goal, but strengthening a relationship.

Maybe is the fact that we are pretty similar or that we are pretty basic, but my boyfriend's resolution are always similar to mine. Working out and fitness are important parts of our life. Even though we don't get to go to the gym together everyday because college, we push each other to be better, to workout harder, and to just keep going. Also, we share our achievements with each other and that that really keeps you motivated.

You do not have a plan
This one is pretty important, not having a plan is the recipe to failure.

First, think of a goal. Are you trying to study more or eat less junk food? No matter how simple or complicated your goals are, you need a plan. In order to study more you need more motivation and you should reduce the time spent in other activities. In case you want to reduce the intake of junk food, you should do your research about healthy eating, get time to go grocery shopping, and plan time for cooking. 

Once you have a plan, you should actually stick to it. The good news is that if you have (healthy) food that you like in your pantry, you are less likely to order a pizza or a burrito.  Pro tip: Cook healthy version of the food you love. 

You are giving up too easy
I got some wise words for you....

"It is a slow process, but giving up will not speed it up." 

Wether you get demotivated because it takes too long or it is too hard, giving up will not help you at all. If you ever get discouraged, you gotta remember on all the things that you’ve already achieved and focus on how far you’ve come instead of how far you are to achieving.

Many people start their resolutions with an unrealistic timeline in mind. So, I would suggest you to think and research on what you are getting yourself into; and then add a little more time. Just so you don’t get discouraged and don’t you dare to ever give up girl!

You do not believe in yourself
You can achieve anything you set your mind on. Let's all make a promise here, never doubt your capability to do anything. It may take time and it may take a little too many hours, but it will be worth it. God will never put something in your path that he knows you are  not strong enough to achieve. So believe in yourself and keep going!

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