Start on a Random Tuesday.
There is one particular reason I believe most people fail in their resolutions that’s not talked about much.
It’s using milestone days as your starting point.
There are other reasons as well, of course, and when you put them all together, the results are pretty grim.
You can probably guess when most people admit they’ve failed at their New Year’s resolutions. According to Strava, a social network for athletes, a poll of their 31 million members say they gave up the ghost on January 12. Yup, just 12 days. Some studies say February, which isn’t much longer. And according to the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of us achieve the resolutions we make.
Man, that’s depressing.
But I haven’t told you the worst part. The majority of those who fail don’t try again for the rest of the year!
Many researchers say it’s because of a few issues.
One is that you have unrealistic expectations.
You bite off more than you can chew, and you have no idea how to break your goals down into smaller parts. Losing 50 pounds in 3 months is extremely difficult. Losing a pound a week for the entire year is doable, and quite frankly, is also healthier.
Another reason is your goal may not be specific enough.
If your goal is to “get fit,” you’re likely to fail. You’re better off saying, “I will go for a 10-minute walk every day.”
Goals beyond your control are another reason you may quit.
“I’m going to reach a thousand followers this year!” sounds like a great goal, but it’s not up to you. Don’t believe the hype of people claiming they can help you achieve this. Sorry, there’s only one way, and it’s more work than people want to put in. The answer? Consistently create quality content, then post it.
Milestone days are my last reason.
Have you ever said this? “I’ll start tomorrow.” “I’ll start on Monday. “I’ll start at the beginning of the month.” “I’ll start on New Year’s.” And yet, when that Monday or milestone day comes, how many times did you replace it with another?