ful but we lack abil­ity,” says Vaib­hav Dat­tar, au­thor and midlife coach. In­stead sim­pli­fy­ing or mak­ing smaller fit­ness goals will help in mas­ter­ing the vague goals which sim­ply looks im­pos­si­ble to at­tain in the be­gin­ning. There are mul­ti­ple rea­sons why res­o­lu­tions fail. Of­ten what drives peo­ple to make New Year Res­o­lu­tions is guilt. “Most peo­ple aren't happy about what they haven't been able to ac­com­plish in the past year and feel guilty about it. Mak­ing a New Year Res­o­lu­tion is a sub-con­scious way to negate that guilt and to make sure that it doesn't per­sist in the New Year too,” says Milind Jad­hav, Mum­baibased life coach. Once the guilt is negated the pur­pose of the res­o­lu­tion is ac­com­plished.

There's a dif­fer­ence be­tween want­ing some­thing and be­ing com­mit­ted to some­thing. When you merely 'want' a slim­mer, fit­ter body it's noth­ing more than wish­ful think­ing. De­sires alone mean noth­ing un­less those de­sires are backed up by a will­ing­ness to pay a price for ful­fill­ing those de­sires. “Be­ing com­mit­ted means ac­knowl­edg­ing that suc­cess is go­ing to cost you ef­fort, time and some­times money. Of­ten when we make res­o­lu­tions, they are just wants, not com­mit­ments,” says Jad­hav.

So­nia Narang, Del­hibased nu­tri­tion­ist, feels peo­ple fail in fit­ness goals as tar­gets are not well spelt out. “The idea is to have clearly de­fined goals, one that you will not give up till the time you ac­com­plish them,” she says. Of­ten peo­ple fail in be­ing suc­cess­ful in their res­o­lu­tions be­cause they have too many of them. “Be pa­tient. Hav­ing lived lives in a cer­tain way, don’t ex­pect changes overnight,” says Jad­hav

Have clearly de­fined goals, that you won’t give up till the time you ac­com­plish them in a re­al­is­tic man­ner.

Dat­tar be­lieves com­mit­ment fails in health be­cause we only set a res­o­lu­tion but do not high­light the stan­dards of it or we are not flex­i­ble to its stan­dards. To ful­fill res­o­lu­tions, a more ef­fec­tive strat­egy is to make mi­nor changes, chase fewer goals. “Don’t Sprint! Take a day or two to an­a­lyse your dif­fi­cul­ties, start set­ting stan­dards to your fun­da­men­tals in front of the odds and fo­cus on sim­pli­fy­ing small things,” he says. This is the most ef­fec­tive man­ner to bal­ance your life for a healthy liv­ing.

It's more im­por­tant to com­mit to who you're go­ing to be in 2019 than merely on what you're go­ing to do in 2019. “How suc­cess­ful we are in reach­ing our goals is in­versely pro­por­tional to the num­ber of goals we have. Lesser goals mean more fo­cus and a higher prob­a­bil­ity of ac­com­plish­ing them,” says Jad­hav.

It’s im­por­tant to set a rou­tine to achieve goals. Narang

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