The following is a guest post from Jill Annis of our Conquering Clutter with Jill series. Thanks, Jill, for these timely tips on overcoming our resolution pitfalls!
Is it difficult to keep your resolutions?
Here are three reasons resolutions don’t stick and how to overcome them:
1. Too overwhelming.
If you set a large goal such as to lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, or get organized, you may feel so overwhelmed that you give up quickly.
A large goal is possible if you take baby steps instead of one giant leap. The best method for setting goals is to break a large goal into smaller, measurable bits. For example, if your goal is to organize your house, your first baby step could be decluttering for 10 minutes, three times a week.
What is your first baby step going to be?
2. Too many goals.
Are you determined to do it all: lose weight, stop smoking, get organized AND exercise?
It takes time to change habits so I would not recommend trying to do it all at once. What goal is your highest priority?
Focus on one goal at a time and you will see greater success.
3. All or nothing.
An all-or-nothing mentality is a formula for failure.
Don’t give up just because you had a bad day/week or cheated on your diet. I also don’t suggest beating yourself up or telling yourself “see, I knew you couldn’t do it” either. If you have a bad day, give yourself a pep talk and then get right back at it.
Post some positive affirmations around your home for encouragement.
I wish you success in achieving your goal or goals in 2015.