Why New Year’s Resolutions Almost Never Work…

Why New Year’s Resolutions Almost Never Work…

This year I decided to do something different. This year I decided not to bother with New Year’s resolution. They suck! Here’s why…

Here’s a list of Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015. 

Lose Weight
Getting Organized
Spend Less, Save More
Enjoy Life to the Fullest
Staying Fit and Healthy
Learn Something Exciting
Quit Smoking
Help Others in Their Dreams
Fall in Love
Spend More Time with Family

Source: Statistic Brain

How many of them will be accomplished by the end of the year? Let’s find out…

50% Of People Who Make New Year’s Resolutions Fail

40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year. Of those 75% will maintain their resolutions past the first week, 71% past 2 weeks, 64% after one month and only 46% after 6 months. (Source: Positive Change) What’s the moral of the story?

More than half of the people who make New Year’s resolutions will have failed by the end of June.

New Year’s Resolutions Can Hold Us Back…

There’s something about the never-ending list of things we think will make us happy… Resolutions can actually hold us back. In order to understand this we need to have a closer look at our resolutions. How many of them actually reflect your true desires? Maybe you feel under pressure by your family to settle down. Is this truly what you want? Maybe your family and loved ones are expecting you to go and get a job once you graduate. But does getting a job will make you happy in the long-term? If your resolutions don’t feel right it’s very unlikely you’ll stick to them…

Every Day Is A New Beginning

There’s no magic about the New Year. Each and every day is a new beginning. Most people get too attached to dates as they think they’ll get a clean slate on New Year’s day. New Year is a day just as good as any. The fact that it’s a new year won’t magically make things happen! Do the best you can every day not just for a few days until your short-lived resolve associated with the magic of New Year burns out. Take baby steps. Do something little every day for the next 365 days…

I don't make New Year's resolutions.I don't need to -I work on myself 365 days a year...

Jeff Goins suggests a different approach, “Don’t waste your time with resolutions this new year. Instead, focus on something far better: resolve.” He puts it bluntly “This year, a lot of people will make resolutions and then immediately break them. Why? Because they’re not really resolving to do anything different. They’re just wishing.” Ever heard of wishful thinking?

He goes even further claiming that “Goal-setting, while admirable, is essentially pointless. Goals, in and of themselves, aren’t sustainable. They tell you where you want to go, not how you’re going to get there.” Essentially, this is what differentiates losers from achievers.

Are your New Year’s resolutions sustainable or are they just wishful thinking? “If you’re interested, you’ll do what’s convenient; if you’re committed, you’ll do whatever it takes. ” John Assaraf


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