Removing Resolution Barriers
If you are like most people, which statistically you may be, New Year’s resolutions aren’t exactly easily won. Be honest. How many resolutions have you actually kept beyond a few weeks or a couple of months. Probably not many. Cynicism aside, know that you are not alone! Most people are eager to jump on board with making their lives better, but few have the resolve or the framework to actually make it happen. So why do we fall off the wagon? For most people, the slip up has to do with barriers – those little things that get in your way and run you off the road.
Here at Better Health Washington, we are in the business of keeping YOU informed and prepared. So, in the spirit of NOT losing sight of goals this year, let’s take a look at some common barriers to achieving New Year’s resolution success.
- Fear – There are few people who get excited about stepping outside their comfort zone. For example, a fear of being judged may be enough to keep you from the gym, no matter how much you want to lose weight.
- Time – While this is often simply an excuse, it’s true that for some of us there just aren’t enough hours in the day to achieve our goals without a little sacrifice or reordering. A tip? Get into the mindset that the daily piece of achieving your goal is a non-negotiable, like eating or sleeping. If you don’t do it, you’ve lost something major and important.
- Lack of Information – Maybe all you want to do is travel this year, but you don’t know the first thing about maneuvering the back country or you can’t speak Portuguese but all you want to do is go to Brazil. Lack of knowledge about a subject, when it’s essential to achieving your goal, can very quickly keep you from making any progress. How can you get around this? Reach out to people that DO know what they are talking about. Work your network and seek advice. There is no shame in getting a little help and you’ll be much better prepared, ultimately bringing a new level of confidence.
- Other People – Family, friends, colleagues, you name it! People can have a huge effect on how successful we are in achieving our goals. Whether this means you need to change or other people need to change, working the emotional and personal aspect of a goal can be a significant challenge. Prepare yourself to work the ripple effect of your resolution. Nothing is contained to just you. Still, the people around you can also be a massive encouragement and support system in your journey. Let them join you!
What else do you feel is often a major barrier for you in achieving your New Year’s Resolutions? Let us know! We may be able to help.