We've all been there. We wake up on January 1, infused with the fire of healthy desires. This will be the year I drop those unwanted pounds. This will be the year I make it to the gym every single day. This will be the year I overhaul my diet and get on the right food track.
But then ... nothing happens. We don't follow through, and so we continue to set the same goals year after year. Even if we're temporarily successful, most of us will end up falling off the wagon at one point or another.
I'm coming to this from a place of experience: A little over four years ago, I weighed 440 pounds. I was sick, miserable, morbidly obese and didn't think I could ever change it. I'd set the same goal year after year and I'd given up within a month. But then I hit rock bottom and knew that if something didn't change, I would die. So I made a decision to change, one that has lasted and been successful, one that saved my life.
Having failed so many times, I now know (from the other side of success) what it was that set me up to fail. Here are the three major reasons and ways of thinking that automatically sabotage any health goals you set for yourself, along with new ways of thinking that will set you up for success.
1. You're not setting goals for the right reasons.
Sticking to your goals shouldn't be about rewards or punishments. In his book about motivation, author Daniel Pink picks apart what we think motivates us versus what actually works and moves us toward a goal. According to him, there are three major inspirations and motivations: