It’s that time of year again.

The time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and the same old resolutions you make every year. You know the ones—lose weight, get organized, learn to relax, travel more…These are all great goals to have but why is it so hard to stick to them? Here’s a look at why we keep making the same resolutions over and over again, and why they often don’t stick.

It's All About Timing
One reason why people don't keep their resolutions is that they set unrealistic expectations. They expect to hit the ground running on January 1st but in reality, it takes some time to build momentum. We need to give ourselves room to adjust to our new habits and routines before we can really see results. Try setting smaller goals throughout the year or breaking down your bigger goals into achievable chunks instead of trying to do everything at once in one big push.

We're Overly Optimistic
Another reason why people don’t keep their resolutions is that they’re overly optimistic about the outcome. Sure, it would be nice if you could lose 20 lbs without any effort, but realistically, that will not happen overnight. If you want results that last, then you have to be willing to put in consistent work over a period of time and accept that there may be setbacks along the way. That doesn't mean you should just give up though! Aim high but also set realistic expectations for yourself so you don't get discouraged when things don't go as planned right away.

Lack of Support System
Finally, many people find it hard to stick with their resolutions because they lack a support system or accountability partner who can help keep them motivated and focused on their goals. Having someone else who understands what you're going through makes it easier to stay on track when things aren't going your way. So, if you need an extra push this year try finding an accountability partner who will check in with you regularly and cheerlead from the sidelines until your resolution sticks!

Making New Year resolutions can be a great way to start off the year with positive intentions but far too often these promises fall by wayside by February or March due largely in part to unrealistic expectations, being overly optimistic, and lacking a support system. If you want your resolutions to stick this year, you need to set realistic goals, accept failures as part of your journey, and most importantly have an accountability partner helping you reach your goals! Let's make 2023 the year when all your New Year's resolutions actually become a reality!

Happy New Year!

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