While hotels look forward to warmer months for an influx of customers, gyms look forward to the New year. In fact, some gyms see an increase of about 33-50% during this period.

This is because when the new year rolls around, many people want to start on their resolutions. ‘Lose weight and get fit’ is usually at the top of the list for most. It is also among the most likely to be broken.

So if getting fit is a perfectly rational resolution, why is there such a high dropout rate? It is because many people stop at the resolution. And consequently it is where they fail.

These are called ‘Resolutions without a why’. Phrased differently, resolutions without an intention.

What is your intention of wanting to get healthy and fit?  What do you want to achieve with this resolution? What is your end game? Why are you really doing this?

The intention not only needs to be defined, it also needs to be honest. It is very possible that you want to go to the gym so that people can envy you. And that is as honest as it gets. Because if you are not honest with yourself, the cognitive dissonance will make you stay in your warm bed covers to hide from the truth.

If your ‘why’ doesn’t pop up immediately, then add another layer of why.

Here’s how.

Why do you want to go to the gym? Because you want to lose weight. Why do you want to lose weight? Because you want to feel more attractive. Why do you want to feel more attractive? Because your self esteem is lacking, making you less confident and therefore unable to approach a partner.

Here is your resolution: You want to get healthy and fit so you can attract a partner.

Once you can clearly, honestly define your intention, then you have a solid resolution. And that will wake you up every morning.

But here is some news. 2016 was over as soon as December began. This was the month to start on your resolutions. Because it takes about 14 days to build a habit.

So if you have been waiting till the 1st of January to start, you’re a little late. Because chances are you’ll be too hungover to go to the gym at 6 am.

Blessings for 2017!