Before the ball drops, many people hold deep within themselves these wishes and goals that they’d like to achieve for the upcoming year – goals associated with career, personal growth, relationships and more. Some may reflect on their last year’s goals and feel disappointed because perhaps they didn’t meet the goals they initially set out for. Goals for the next year may include losing weight, drinking less, smoking less, traveling more, spending more time with family, and others – but no matter how much a person wishes to achieve these goals, that doesn’t always mean that they work out.
As this new year begins to unfold, it’s time to think realistically. Truth be told, many people don’t achieve their resolutions because they make too many resolutions without focusing on their goals one step at a time. Habits are difficult to break because they have become conditioned behaviors – we have learned to act without thinking. When this happens, we automatically hold back from making any change because we continue to do what we have always done. It becomes so much easier to follow pattern than to create a change in our lives, and that’s why many goals fall by the wayside.
Deep down inside, many of us fear failure. We are afraid that if we try to make the change, we may prove to ourselves that we truly aren’t “good enough” or “strong enough” or “dedicated enough” to make our goals happen. For many of us, these fears lie deep down within – and it’s incredibly hard to acknowledge or even recognize. These deep beliefs and fears withhold us from our true potential and cause inner conflict, which then seeps out into other areas of our lives. If you are going to make a New Year’s resolution, don’t commit yourself to an entire year right away. Focus on that week or that month. Slowly work your way into a healthier habit.
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