Ah, the new year’s resolution. The plan. The promise. The resolve. Usually, it’s made with the best of intentions, but if you’re like most people, you’ll probably never follow through only about 8% do, according to the University of Scranton. Maybe you’ll hang in there for week one and week two, but by February, your resolve will begin to crumble. Fast-forward to six months later, you’ll likely be saying, Resolution? What resolution? You will have given up. But why? Why is it so hard to stay the course?

Maybe you’re being too hard on yourself. After all, when you set the bar high and don’t have a plan to reach it, it’s easy to get discouraged. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get back on track. To do that, you’ll need to take a step back and make your goals realistic and achievable. And with renewed commitment, you’ll need to put an end to your doubts. Quash the naysayers. Start believing that success is possible again and that you’ll stop at nothing to achieve it. You’ll reign in your support system, gather your resources, and maybe you’ll even find a few unexpected allies like your consumer loyalty programs which can provide the savings and incentives you need to keep going. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started:

Let’s Get Real for a Second

So, you want to lose 50 pounds? Great. But what happens if you fall off the wagon or fail to meet your monthly goals? You feel mad, guilty, defeated. Instead, set a goal that’s attainable right off the bat something that’s immediate, specific and realistic like losing five pounds in one month. Once you’ve achieved that goal, set a new one and keep moving.