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Every year we try to start off the a new foot. The RIGHT foot. We set some goals and hope to make them happen by the years end. But, most of us will fail to ever coming close to these goals. So why do we continue to make New Year’s Resolutions if we know we’re going to fail?

Because every year we fall back into that same mindset of changing ourselves and actually achieving this next set of goals. 

A goal without a plan, is just a dream.

You can’t simply will it into existence.

You need to plan it out and work until it becomes reality.

The reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail is because most people are too generic with their goals. So they already start off on the bad foot.

Only 8% of people who make a new years resolution will keep it. Of those that fail, 80% had failed by February! That’s only one month!

Here’s some tips for making resolutions more attainable-

Be specific

Don’t just say that you want to “get healthy” or “lose weight.” -That’s failure talk. 

What does that look like or mean to you?

Do you specifically want that smoking hot beach body to rock the two piece bikini this summer?

Say it!

In fact, buy that bikini a size or two smaller, hang it where you can see it every day and use it as a guide to motivate you.

You have to want it, and make yourself believe you need it.

By getting into that mindset your more likely to follow through.

Don’t just say that you want to get better spending money habits. Write down how you can do it. Do you want to learn how to budget? Take financial training courses? 

By making your goals more realistic, you are significantly more likely to achieve them.

I’ll say it again for the people in back-

A goal without a plan, is just a dream.

Writing your goal down on paper, makes it become reality. It’s not just in your head anymore, its right there. You can see it. Heck, frame it up and hang it above your nightstand if you want to.

Now under your goal, write what you can do to achieve it.

Going to the gym once a week or more. Cutting out soda and junk food.

Lock your credit cards away in the furthest reach of your bedroom closet and unlink your cards from online retail websites.

Every productive idea that comes to mind and could help further you towards your goal, write it down.

Now that you can see your goal and see how to get there, take it one step further and break them up into steps.

Prioritize them, what will have the biggest impact?

What can you do first?

Can you do more than one thing at a time without burning yourself out?

Don’t jump into everything at once.

Going from a carnivorous, cheesecake lover one day to a vegan eating kale chips the next, while running 5 miles on a treadmill is not going to get you anywhere except hurt, failing your goals, and depressed.

Find your baby steps.

Reduce your 3 sodas a day to one.

Cut back a little on the portion size of the unhealthy dishes. Add more of the whole fruits and veggies.

Learn some simple beginner exercises and stretches.

Write down a budget plan for your monthly finances, figure out where your expenses are. 

Rome wasn’t built in a day, take your time and proceed with caution.

The most successful people are organized. Have plans. And are specific about their goals.

By using these skills, and writing down your goals and the steps needed to achieve them, you are off to a great start and hopefully can become one of the 8% of successful new years resolution makers.

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