We believe in our future selves too much sometimes, and it creates a recipe for disaster and disappointment. Don't let the hope and dream of our ideal future self justify giving less than our best today.
According to a 2017 Business Insider article, a whopping 80% of people give up on their resolutions by the second week in February. That's not to say even more give up as the early months of the year march on. This stat isn't meant to punch your motivation in the gut, but rather to underscore the importance of taking a new approach to improving yourself in 2018.