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The beginning of a new year gives us such a tremendous opportunity to draw a line and start fresh. Most people take this opportunity and evaluate their performance, how successful they are, if they improved, how happy they are with themselves, and life in general.

Because accomplishing your New Year resolution depends a lot on the way you set them and planning, here you have five common mistakes people make about new year resolutions and how to avoid them:

1. Setting New Year Resolutions Under the Impulse of the Moment

When a year is ending, and a new one begins you are a bit vulnerable because you are either sad, either happy or a bit of both. Whichever the case might be, designing your resolutions in any of those states of mind and under the impulse of the moment is setting you up for failure.

Think things through and set for yourself doable and desirable (long term) New Year resolutions.

2. Setting the Same Resolutions As the Previous Year, and the One Before That, and the One Before That…

If you have the same resolutions every year, chances are you haven’t succeeded to achieve them. Right?

There is nothing wrong with the fact that you might have recurring resolutions, the question is: did you change anything about those resolutions you didn’t achieve?

Or are you saying and doing the same things ending up in disappointment?

Doing the same thing over and over again in the same way over and over and over again brings you the same result over and over again.

Start seeing things for what they are. If you haven’t accomplished your goals, most likely is not for the lack of trying or work, but the way you are trying has failed you. Change things (the process), and your results will improve.

3. Start Working on the Resolutions Without Having a Well-Designed Plan of Action

Just desire and will are not enough to help you become successful. Have a plan of action. Know what you want, why you want it, and how to get there.

4. Setting Unrealistic Resolutions

Do you want to accomplish the impossible? Good, just don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed by it. 

Do you see it? Feeling overwhelmed and not knowing exactly what you have to do are killing your goals and dreams more often than a lack of motivation or willpower.

5. Lying to Yourself Regarding the Reasons for Failing to Achieve Some of Your Resolutions From the Previous Years

Lying to yourself is rarely about finding excuses and more about ignoring the truth in front of you.

Take, for example, attributing your failure to your character, thinking that there is something wrong about you when the reality is that the way you have tried was the problem. As long as you believe that you are the problem, you are fighting a lost battle because no matter how much you change, the result would be the same. It is not you who needs to be changed, but the way you are doing things.

Listen, you can’t find solutions for imaginary problems; you can’t solve issues that don’t exist. Therefore, embrace the truth, convenient or not, and march forward with confidence. 

Now, no matter if the fever of New Year’s resolutions catches you “in time” are not, remind yourself that is never too late to start working on your goals, achieving your dreams, becoming successful.

I wish you all the best, wisdom, confidence, and patience. Happy new year!

Written By
Carmen Jacob is the co-founder of upjourney.com and the creator of several self-improvement guides, programs, courses, and books, which focus on using what you already have to improve your life and the life of those around you. She provides knowledge so that you can recognize your opportunities and chances and take advantage of them in an ethical and constructive way.

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