Day 4: Why Resolutions Often Don’t Work

We’ve touched on the “why” of resolutions, right? Because the promises we make to ourselves can be great motivators in helping us move forward in our lives. They give us a sense of purpose. They also… tend to fail.  Wah, wah. I’m pretty sure you’ve made resolutions at the start of a new year and they failed to stick. Well, you’re not alone! Maybe if we can understand why resolutions fail, we can figure out a way to make sure our next will be successful.  I want to share a few of my own thoughts on this one.

You Take on Too Much

This can happen in a lot of different ways.  One common hiccup is that when making resolutions, you choose too many to address.  A brain can only handle so many things at one time. You can’t focus on making too many changes. Instead, choose one or two things to prioritize. I also want you to remember that changes won’t happen overnight. Mqany experts believe it takes at least a month of effort to turn something into a habit.  Bear in mind that progress will occur in baby steps rather than one magnifical transformation. Taking baby steps to learn new habits will be far more effective than simply expecting to change behavior overnight.

You Were Too Vague

You’re not super vague when you write so don’t be super vague when defining your resolutions. A well-defined resolution should specify aspects such as the number of books you’d like to write or release including their length and a time frame during which to write or publish. You should also have benchmarks for measuring your progress, but we’ll get into the deets later in the challenge.

You Lacked Focus

Without focus, you’re doomed to fail. “Out of sight, out of mind,” might be a cliché, but most sayings are based on a kernel of truth.  Getting overwhelmed with day to day responsibilities, crappy time management, daily stress and other distractions can steal your attention from important goals. Deciding to prioritize your resolution and making plans to keep it front and center will go far in turning it into a reality.

Okay, real talk, there are tons of other reasons your resolutions may have failed in the past and I don’t want to dwell on the negative. Just understanding these mistakes will help youi move beyond them when setting new goals that you’ll accomplish.

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