The sad fact is that most of us don’t reach our fitness goals.

Every year, millions of people resolve to lose weight in the New Year. And, every year, almost all of them abandon that resolution by February. But, people set out and fail to lose weight all year round, and if you want to break the cycle and finally reach your fitness goal, you need to know what is holding you back so that you can avoid it the next time around.  That’s why the professionals at Goal Plus have come up with this list of the most common reasons why people fall short of or give up on their fitness goals.

#1. Your goal is broad or vague.

If your goal is just to “lose weight,” does that mean that you want to lose ten pounds, or does that mean that you want to lose fifty pounds? You can’t hit an unattainable goal, and your goal can’t be attainable if it’s not specific. But, making your goal specific doesn’t necessarily have to mean making it all about losing a certain number of pounds. Your goal could also be getting strong enough to lift a certain number of pounds, run a certain number of kilometers or even fit into your favorite pair of jeans from five years ago. There’s no limit to what your goal can be; you just need to make sure that it’s specific enough to actually be attainable.

#2. You don’t have a good enough reason for working towards your goal.

Reaching virtually any fitness goal often requires long-term commitments, which means that you need to find a way to stay motivated not just today, not just tomorrow, but for the foreseeable future. And, if wanting to look good in a swimsuit were reason enough, no one would fail at reaching their fitness goals. If the image of you strutting your stuff on the beach is enough to get you through to the finish line, use it, but for most people, it’s just not. You need a real reason to motivate you for the long-haul, so take some time to make your fitness goal personal.

#3. You don’t have a plan for reaching your goal.

Even the simplest goals require a plan in order to achieve them. If your goal is just to wing it, you’re bound to fail, and to fail fast. If you’re serious about reaching your fitness goals, you’ll need to figure out how you’ll get from point A to point B. For the vast majority of fitness goals, that means following a certain nutrition plan and working out. But, you’ll want to make sure your plan is specific enough to stick to. For example, plan and prepare your meals ahead of time, and figure out what kind of workout you need to do.

#4. You don’t hold yourself accountable.

I don’t have time today. I had a bad day, so I’m going to skip my workout. I worked hard today, so I deserve a break. I just don’t feel like it. It’s incredibly easy to let yourself slide when you make excuses to yourself about why you didn’t want to eat cabbage soup for dinner again or why you didn’t go to the gym. But, at the end of the day, when you don’t hit your goal, it’s not going to be on that boss who kept you working late or that accident that held up traffic; it’ll be on you. Life will always get in the way of your goals, and if you want to make sure you successfully reach your goal this time, you’re going to have to come to terms with that and stop making excuses.

There are so many possible reasons why you may not have reached your fitness goals in the past, but when you’re able to identify what’s holding you back, you’ll have what it takes to overcome it this time around. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more common reasons why people don’t reach their fitness goals, and in the meantime, download our free fitness accountability app. With Goal Plus, you’ll have everything you need to reach your goal in one, easy-to-use app. And, did we mention that it’s free?