How to Avoid Making Bad New Year Resolutions



With the New Year being just around the corner, we’re all in a mood for change. For some, it can be fitness, habit, or a small change like putting your clothes back on the hanger after only trying it! Whatever it is, most of us are experiencing the same ups and downs when it comes to making our resolutions happen. You must’ve heard that more than 50% of our NY resolutions fail within the first few months?
Despite the fact some research shows we’re prone to repeating the same mistakes all over again, there are ways to combat that habit and learn to make better choices.

In the end, it all comes down to a simple question—Do you really want it?

In case your answer was yes— awesome, these steps will help you stay on track. Whenever you feel like you’re on the verge of failing, just remember the question, it should give you a boost.

Make your own New Year resolutions

New Years’ decisions are mostly decided when you’re pressured by all the magazines, tv shows, and media in general. In all that chaos, you have to ask yourself—What do I want?
Your resolution is yours only and nobody should have the power to influence it. In the end, you will be the one delivering it, not them.
Put everything on paper and don’t rush. See what is something you would like to improve in, what your “bad” habits are, and how you’d like to get rid of them.

Set realistic goals

Try not to go overboard. The best way to set manageable goals is to use the SMART method.

Let’s say that your goal is to eat healthier.

Using this method, you can easily divide it into smaller and easy-to-understand tasks.

Make sure to put everything on paper, it will be a great reminder during hard times.

Divide your New Year resolutions into smaller parts

Losing 20 pounds sounds like a lot of hassle and can easily make you give up. That’s why it’s important to think smart and “trick” your brain into thinking it’s easier than it looks. Make your first task to lose 4 pounds by the end of February. It may not sound like much, but it’s a great start!

Have you ever heard of the 4DX planning?

If not, make sure to check it out. It’s one of the most popular planning methods worldwide, used by everyone—from executives to students, teachers, and parents. Its main goal is to ease the planning process and make you realize that all of your goals are comprised out of small everyday tasks you can do without a hassle.

By using WIGs (Wildly Important Goals), LEAD measures, and LAG measures, every New Year resolution seems like a piece of cake.

To simplify it, all you have to do is to choose your WIG (in our case that is eating healthy) and divide it into smaller sections (LEADs) which all contribute to your final goal. That can be eating more veggies, drinking less sugary drinks and not frying your food. The last step is to create specific actions for every week/month/day, depending on the length of your goal.

For example — WIG 1: Eating healthy

  • LEAD 1 Drinking less sugary drinks. How to achieve it: One week without juice
  • LEAD 2 Eating more veggies. How to achieve it: Veggies with every meal for 10 days
  • LEAD 3 Not frying my food. How to achieve it: Boiling potatoes or steaming your veggies (without butter) for a week

These tips can help you make your goals more manageable and easier to achieve with just a little bit of preparation. Make sure to write them down and save them somewhere privately. They are your personal project for 2021. We hope you fulfill all of your goals! 🙂

And if you’re having trouble starting, we have you covered!

Our Bellabeat Wellness Coach has programs for every goal.

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