Nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions each year, yet less than 10 percent of resolution makers are still going strong by year end.  Why such unimpressive stats?

There are many things that keep people from following through with their plans, even though they may start the year with good intentions. From being too busy to being unmotivated, the odds are stacked against us when it comes to sticking with our resolutions. Changing old habits is hard and it takes more than just a casual promise as the clock strikes midnight to make worthwhile and lasting change.

Here are 9 reasons why you may not be following sticking to your resolutions:

  1. Your goals are unrealistic. While it’s generally admirable to shoot for the stars, when it comes to resolutions it’s better to be a bit more realistic. When your goals are unattainable, you’re more likely to throw in the towel before you even get started.
  2. You’re not honest with yourself. If you make resolutions based on what you think you should do rather than what you truly want to achieve, you’re likely to fail.
  3. You try to do too much at once. Making lifestyle changes is hard. And when you try to focus on more than one at a time, it makes it even harder. So avoid making a list of the many things you want to change this year and just focus on the one that’s most important to you.
  4. Your goals are too vague. It’s easier to achieve success when you have clearly defined goals that are measurable and trackable. If your resolutions are too vague, you lose sight of what you set out to do before you get there.
  5. You don’t have a plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You can’t expect to make a resolution and then stick with it if you haven’t come up with a roadmap of how you’re going to follow through. Take the time to come up with a step-by-step approach for how you’ll reach your goals.
  6. You go it alone. When you’re making changes on your own, it’s sometimes hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you want to be more successful, consider doing it with someone else. It’ll make you more accountable and will help keep you motivated.
  7. You run out of resources. Most resolutions require a commit of time and often money. When you don’t have enough of one or the other (or both), it can get in the way of you sticking with your plans.
  8. You don’t want it bad enough. It’s exciting to start the year off with good intentions but it’s difficult to persevere when the going gets tough. When your resolution doesn’t mean enough to you, you’re not likely to make the sacrifices it takes to change.
  9. You don’t believe in yourself. If you don’t have a positive mindset, it makes it hard to reach your goals. Very often, the difference between reaching or not reaching a goal is the belief that you can or cannot do it.