Wow. Is it 2015 already? It’s funny how time seems to fly by faster and faster with every passing year. Most people will use this opportunity to pause and reflect about their place in the world. Roughly 45% of them will resolve to improve their life in some way. Only 8% of them will achieve their new years resolution. If you want to be one of the few who succeed, watch out for these five common mistakes.
- Don’t be unrealistic.
If you set your expectations too high, then you will feel demotivated later. You probably won’t drop a full pant size this month. I doubt you will increase your bench press by a hundred pounds this year (unless you’re a teenager). No one is capable of changing their poor eating habits overnight. These goals are out of touch with reality. It takes time and effort to accomplish anything worth doing.
- Don’t read too much.
If you read tons of health and fitness articles (but don’t actually implement the material), then you’re wasting your time. You might believe you read to become smarter, but that is rarely the case. More often, reading is a clever disguise for procrastination. Advice is worthless without application. If an activity doesn’t result in forward progress, then it’s probably not the most productive use of your time.
- Don’t call it a resolution.
If you have failed several past resolutions, then you could subconsciously assume this time won’t be any different. Recall that only 8% of people who set resolutions end up being successful. Those bleak statistics might make it hard to believe in yourself. To stack the odds in your favor, drop that negative attachment by ditching the term “resolution.” Instead, call it a goal, mission, purpose, or ambition.
- Don’t look for quick fixes.
If you believe in “magic bullets,” then you better brace yourself for disappointment. No matter what Dr. Oz might claim, there is no miracle pill or potion that will cause your body fat to disappear overnight. It’s simply mind-boggling that more people don’t realize this, given the fact that America’s obesity rate has dramatically increased along with its unfounded belief in “quick” and “easy” results.
- Don’t ignore your triggers.
If you don’t acknowledge your triggers, then they will wreck your progress. I require all of my coaching clients to keep a food journal, because this helps them identify the triggers that cause them to make poor eating decisions. Common triggers include stress, depression, boredom, and peer pressure. Without this knowledge, you won’t be able to manage your cravings in any meaningful way.
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About the Author
Daniel Wallen is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of the Wallen Way. He is a personal trainer, Lifehack contributor, and author of, “The Busy Woman’s Guide to Getting Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous“