Millions of people set New Year’s resolutions, but unfortunately only about 12% of them stick with it. However, the reasons for failure are just as varied as the folks setting the resolutions. No matter your specific personality type or New Year's goal, there are common pitfalls you need to avoid if you want to experience sweet success. Here are the top fifteen reasons why people abandon their resolutions and how you can avoid these goal-destroying traps.
1 of 15 Expectations Are Too High
If you can’t even remember the last time you went for a run, it’s probably a tad unrealistic to say that you’re going to run a marathon by the end of 2017. If you set your goals too high, you may become discouraged—so remember that slow and steady wins the race. If it's fitness you're looking for, start with a walk around the block. It's not much, but the point is to create small habits that are easy to maintain and go from there. You're not going to be a Usain Bolt-level runner by the time Februrary rolls around, but hopefully you've established a solid, habitual foundation that you can build on for the rest of the year.