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Have you kept your resolutions or are they already a thing of the past, like 2019? Because if you’re like many who give up before they achieve their resolutions, here’s some help and hope you can use to recommit to your resolutions. Let’s look at five obvious and common reasons why your new year resolutions may fail.

You’re biting off more than you can chew

Many people tend to get wrapped up in excitement for the new year and they get overwhelmed. The result is you may end up with more aspirations than you can realistically handle. For this reason, you should avoid creating a long list of stuff. Always ensure that you narrow down your goals.

You’re not setting milestones

Now that you’ve narrowed down your long list to a single doable resolution, the next step is to set milestones. Milestones are signs of success along the way that help you stay motivated. Instead of waiting weeks or months to recognize your accomplishments, break your resolution into smaller goals with a reward for each milestone you reach.

You’re not tracking progress

The simple truth is if you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it. Tracking your progress will help you find the missing link between your daily actions and achieving your resolution. Identify what you want to achieve, and how, in the next 30 days, the next 6 months, and the next year. Next, determine how you will measure success.

You don’t have a compelling purpose

Even with the right tools and planning, if the purpose behind your resolution is not compelling enough, motivating enough, or inspiring enough, you will not have enough of what it takes to see it through. Without a compelling reason to persist, you lose interest, get distracted, or forget what you intend to achieve.

You’re not writing them down

The biggest and most common reason resolutions fail is because they aren’t written down. The power of writing your resolutions down cannot be overstated. When you take the time to think about the future you want and write it down, the results can be staggering.

By: Damilola Faustino

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