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12/22/2015 04:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

3 Reasons Resolutions Fail and How to Beat the Odds

Getting ready to set some New Year's resolutions?

Chances are good you made some last year -- and the year before as well.

In fact 45 percent of American's make New Year's resolutions.

But, looking back, how many of the resolutions did you actually keep?

If you're like most people, not many at all.  The truth of the matter is that many people set resolutions, but few actually follow through on them.

According to the University of Scranton, only eight percent of those who make resolutions keep them.

Why is this? And more importantly, what can you do to ensure that 2016 is different? 

Here are the Top Three Reasons Resolutions Fail and the Fix.

1. Lack Of A Vision

The first reason why resolutions fail is because those setting them don't have a clear vision. They're unsure of what it is they want to obtain.

They set a resolution that's muddy, meaning you can't quite see when you've reached it.

Let's look at an example.

Let's say you set the resolution to lose weight.  How will you know when you reach this resolution? How much weight do you want to lose?

Be specific.

A better resolution would be: "I want to fit into my skinny jeans."

In fact, people who are specific in the resolutions they make are 10 times more likely to attain them that those who are not specific.

Make sure that whatever your resolution is, you can envision yourself in that resolution. If you can't see yourself obtaining it and living with it, you are suffering from lack of a vision.

Fix It!

To fix this problem, take some time when setting your resolutions to really determine in your mind what it is, specifically, you want. It should be crystal clear - no doubts, no questions, no uncertainties.


2. Lack Of A Game Plan


The second reason many people fail with their resolution is because they have a serious lack of a game plan. When you set a goal, you can't just dive in and hope that it comes together.

You need a road map to get from point A to point B.

Taking the time to figure out that road map is the best way to ensure that you realize success.  Trust me when I say it's time well-spent.

Fix It!

After setting your resolution, write down all the steps you will have to take to achieve success.  What will you need to do to make it happen?

Creating a series of mini-goals is a great strategy. Plan how you will celebrate each success too!

Don't leave anything out. The more involved your plan is, the more effective it will be.

3. Lack Of Social Support


Finally, the last reason for not achieving your resolutions is due to lack of social support.

Do not underestimate the power that social support has.

A revealing study followed people who joined a weight loss program with at least one friend.

A whopping 95 percent of them finished the program and 66 percent keep the weight off.

Now compare that to those who went about it alone.

Only 76 percent finished and worse, only 24 percent of participants kept the weight off.

This can be a friend who's going about the journey with you, your significant other, or a friendly co-worker who checks in daily to see how you're doing.

This is precisely why my Challenges and Coaching programs all include an online private support group.

Social support is the best defense against 'the bad day.' When you feel like giving up, you need someone there to cheer you on - to keep you going.

Fix It!

Find at least one person to be there as you work towards this resolution.

Tell them about your goal and have them be there during the hard times and to celebrate the happy times with you as well.

Also, have them serve as an accountability system to ensure that you are doing what you need to do.

Get these three factors in place this year as you set your resolutions. Now, you can feel confident that 2016 will be the year that you actually follow through with your intentions.

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