Your Resolutions Won't Make it to February If You Aren't Doing These 3 Things

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Whenever you set a New Year’s resolution, it’s important to take conscious steps that will help set you up for success.
After all, you’re not setting these goals for nothing, right?
If your 2018 resolutions matter to you, then avoid the following 3 common mistakes that people tend to make every year.

3 Habits That May Derail Your Resolutions

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1. Not planning your meals or workouts.

Routine is essential when it comes to forming a new habit, and planning things ahead (like what you’re cooking, what you’re eating, and when you’re working out) are super helpful for keeping you honest and on track.
After all, it’s easy to be motivated at 7 p.m. on a Sunday evening. But at 3:30 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon, will you have taken the necessary steps to avoid temptation, convenience, or the lure of fatigue?
As Ben Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

2. Making too many changes at once.

The phrase “biting off more than you can chew” is accurate in more ways than one.
We strongly advise our community members not to make too may changes all at one time, as this can easily lead to overwhelmed, frustrated, and “giving up” feelings. Instead, make and master one small action step (e.g., make a healthier breakfast), then slowly introduce other changes (e.g., lunch and dinner) along the way.


3. Not being clear about your goals.

If you don’t know what you’re working toward, how will you know when you’ve succeeded?
Be clear about what you want. This will help you be clearer about how you’ll achieve it and inspire you to take daily consistent action toward your goals.

Got any tips of your own that have helped you stay on track with your goals in the past? Let us know about it by sharing in the comments below!

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Sara M. is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and freelance writer living and working near Boston, MA. As a former CrossFit gym owner and current fitness lover, Sara has a lot of personal and professional experience inside and outside the gym. She loves to write about various topics related to health, wellness, nutrition, human behavior, and self-mastery.