It’s 2018 and this is the year that I’ll lose weight and get back into shape.  No really, this is the year!  And it’ll be different than last year because this time I mean it!  But I’ll start tomorrow because today was a long day at work and I didn’t have time to go grocery shopping.

Sound familiar?  New Year’s resolutions are great but a vast majority of Americans will fail to keep them.  I’ve read that the failure rate is upwards of 92%.  Why is that?  Let’s explore a few reasons and look at some ways to help you be in the 8% that will find success in fulfilling their resolutions in 2018.

Most people who set a resolution at the start of the new year fail because they create a wish or a dream but not an action plan to achieve a goal fueled by a vision.  A “resolution” to lose weight this year without a commitment or plan in place to do so will undoubtedly lead to failure.  In order to achieve success, your resolution must be tied to tangible steps that can be implemented.  But that alone is not enough.

A resolution to lose weight or get back in shape is vague and lacks accountability.  I’ve talked about setting SMART goals and vision in the past but let’s revisit this concept.  The New Year’s resolution I mentioned above, “I’ll lose weight and get back into shape” is not a SMART goal.

Why?  SMART is an acronym for goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.

A SMART goal would be the following:

I will lose 30lbs in the next 12 months.  I’ll do this by losing 2.5lbs each month.  I’ll check my weight once a week to make sure I am on track.  I’ll cut back on eating out to only once a month but I’ll stop drinking soda and stop eating fast food.  I’ll also exercise at least 20 minutes each day with my wife.

The person with the goal stated above is more likely to succeed than someone who “wants” to lose weight or get in shape.  A SMART goal with a why or a vision is even more likely to succeed because it has an inherent motivating factor.

A vision may be, “I will achieve my goal because I want to reduce my risk diabetes or heart disease.  I see myself growing old with my wife.”

Resolutions fail because they lack planning and accountability.  Life coaches are a great resource in helping you achieve your New Year’s resolution.  A life coach will help you stay on course by providing objective guidance and accountability.

So lets start 2018 by being in the 8% that find success in fulfilling their New Year’s resolutions.  Let me help you along your journey.

I’ll start by sharing my weight loss journey with you.  The example I mentioned is my very own New Year’s resolution.  2017 was a great year for spiritual and intellectual growth and 2018 will be my year to focus on my physical body and health.  Follow my journey and progress on my Instagram @alimpsmd


To a 2018 filled with good health, happiness and prosperity!  Happy New Year!