Can’t Keep Your New Years Resolution? Here’s Why…

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Seriously how did this year go by so fast! It’s like I blinked for one second and now I’m prepping for January. Honestly though I am pretty excited to end 2017, mainly because it mostly sucked for me. But hey, 2018 is just around the corner, and at least I don’t have to relive many of the things from the year before (cough cough fidget spinners!)

This year I wanted to make a New Years Resolution to actively involve myself in the digital community, by creating more content. However, I realized a lot of the goals that I set, and frankly the goals that other people set rarely get followed through, and end up being nonexistent by July.

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So why is it that we can’t keep it low carb, or write in that diary every day like we said we would?  According to U.S. News, 80% of New Years Resolutions that people make usually fade off around February, the reasoning  being people who make them usually have

“Done nothing to enhance your capacity to either sustain motivation or handle the inevitable stress and discomfort involved in change. Saying this differently: Unless you first change your mind, don’t expect your health goals to materialize. As the saying goes, it’s not the horse that draws the cart, it’s the oats. It’s not the gym, Pilates class or diet that will change you – it’s your mind.”

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Ah ok now I get it, I just have to keep my mind set on my goal. Easy right? Well your body would tell you otherwise. Apparently the negative emotions that you have everyday, whether it’s anxiety, frustration or sadness, can cause stress and that can be a HUGE cramp on goal setting, causing most to give up and retire from the resolution-setting business.

Sounds like a bummer to me. But the article suggests ways to help keep your goals such as building self trust, cultivating optimism and keeping goal settings narrow as ways to help you stay on track of reaching your goal.

So basically our New Years Resolution’s should be focused on zen and relaxation. Guess that’s an excuse for a vacation!

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Happy resolving, you goal setter you,

-J

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