Resolution evolution: Why your New Year's plan needs stripped down and simplified

01/01/16 by Chasity McLeod

When was the last time you kept a new year's resolution for yourself?
Has been a while, perhaps; maybe even a decade or two, since you decided to do something different this year versus last, and chances are you haven't kept any of them.
But don't fret or feel bad; it happens quite a bit.

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Whether you're talking about weight loss, quitting smoking or any other bad habit or eating better, chances are you've had all the best intentions in the world, but by March or April you're back to smoking and those two per day stops at McDonald's have gone from two, not to one, but to three.
And as far as another popular resolution (saving money), that isn't happening all that well, either. In some perverse cases, you actually don't save money but rather you lose and go back to spending as much or more the second time around.
So why exactly do people make New Year's Resolutions and fail to keep them?
A lot of it has to do with results not really being held within realistic expectations. A friend of mine tried to quit smoking and paid nearly a thousand dollars for hypnosis, and the first round of treatment and appointments worked for a few days, then he was right back to smoking. The hypnosis center asked my friend if he wants a second appointment, and my friend declined instead opting to try a patch and be out more than just a few hundred dollars.
The same goes for money and exercise or fitness. You didn't gain 20 or 30 pounds in a few weeks, so what makes you believe you can drop that kind of weight right now. Losing that kind of weight can take months so waiting is paramount and knowing you're doing the right thing, and the results often take longer than the average person is willing to wait.
If you have a resolution that rings true to you, such as saving money, you tend to be more focused and determined. So when deciding on something that is deemed worthy of your New Year's resolution, make sure you actually care to keep it. If you don't care about eating healthy and never have, that as a New Year's resolution isn't going to do much to keep you focused, for example.
New Year's resolutions are more than popular; they've become a must for the masses. Having one and keeping it are two different things, so when you've landed on something you want to change, make sure you realize that change isn't going to occur overnight.

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