It’s that time of year again. You know, the holiday season where everyone sets about making those New Year Resolutions. I used to be one of them, one who dutifully wrote down what l wanted to accomplish in the new year. The most common resolutions seem to be joining a gym and losing weight. I know it was usually on my list. Experience has taught me that the resolution making is usually just a waste of time and energy. Here are four reasons why I think you should just forget big resolutions and instead stick to achievable goals.

Forget Big Resolutions and Achieving Your Goals:

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Pressure:

Making resolutions puts you under enormous pressure. Joining a gym for instance is a great thing to do. Who doesn’t want to get healthy and have a great body? The problem is not joining the gym, it’s actually going to the gym and working out! I had so many memberships to gyms that l quit going to after the first month or two. I always remember them being super crowded. Everyone had the same resolution, at least for a while 😉 . Your achievable goal should be geared towards making time to go to the gym and getting your moneys worth.

Money:

Sometimes we tend to think of money as a great motivator to do things. It is true in a sense. A need for money can make you work harder at your job to get a promotion. It can make you decide to finish your studies or encourage you to further your education and make a better life for you and your family. It can motivate you to start your own business. On the other hand, throwing money out the window because of a resolution is just that. Money wasted. If you join a gym and then stop going, the gym doesn’t say.. “Oh you poor thing, we understand. Here’s a refund”. Nope! They actually count on you dropping off. You can bet however that your monthly membership fee will keep getting sucked out of your account. If you’ve ever tried to worm your way out of a gym membership, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the deal with the devil 🙂 .

You may fall into the trap of the “make easy money online” gurus and drop serious money on the various how-to books and all only to find out that they are basically pyramid schemes. While there are definitely legitimate people out there, there are even more scammers. Don’t waste your money. Take the time to find the good guys. Check out Latoya and see how she does her side hustles. An example of someone doing it right. Your achievable goal should be checking out all the free online help and then paying for the ones that are worth it. There is no free ride!

Stress:

The need to achieve all the unrealistic resolutions may cause enormous stress that could easily be avoided. Let’s say you normally make $1000 per month but make a resolution to make $10,000 per month. Unless you plan on robbing a bank, that may be an unrealistic goal. Even if you were able to pull it off, it might mean burning the candle at both ends, not eating right, sleepless nights and burnout. Your achievable goal should be increasing your monthly income at a reasonable rate. If you are stressed out and need some guidance, here is a link to my ebook on Amazon to help clear things out. It has a funny title, but it has helpful advice and can be read pretty quickly.

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Time:

Making resolutions can be a waste of time. What l mean by that is you may be wasting precious time by waiting till the new year to make changes. The best time to make change is Now! If you want to lose weight, start exercising, join the gym now. If you want to make more money, start a side hustle now. If you want to make your voice heard, start your blog now. When inspiration and desire strikes, you shouldn’t make excuses and put it on the resolution list. Don’t wait till the next year. You could have achieved so much more and made so much more by that time. It’s never too late to adjust your expectations so you can be successful.

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? Are they attainable or unrealistic? Will you forget big resolutions and instead set achievable goals?

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