We hate to put you on the defensive from the get-go, but let’s be frank here: The reason you fail at your New Year’s resolutions is because deep down you believe you can’t change. “Your unconscious mind is telling you a story,” says Brian Grasso, a Montreal-based life coach and creator of the Sustainable Success program (available at theartofinspiredliving.com). “That story is made up of the perceptions, expectations, and beliefs you’ve developed in your life—and whether or not they’re true, you still believe them.”
You don’t realize it now, but the yarn you’ve woven in your mind says you can’t drop weight, put on muscle, or become the fitter, happier, more successful person you want to be. But a story, after all, is just a story. It can be changed—rewritten in the mind if you so choose—so you can avoid self-sabotage and see your goals through to fruition. Start writing a new, better story this year, using a journal.