Why New Year‘s Resolutions Don’t Work

Everyone starts early January super committed to their New Year’s Resolutions . People are either talking about their resolutions or asking you about your resolutions. As we wind down the month, it always amazes me how quickly everyone moves to complaining about how they have failed their resolutions. Few people are still excited and ever fewer make it to the 30 day mark with those resolutions.

New Year’s Resolutions simply do not work. They are broad, generic statements that people make in hopes that the new year will bring them change. A New Year’s Resolution in and of itself is not going to change anybody’s life. Think about common resolutions.

I am going to lose weight
I am going to save money
I am going to eat better
But, where do you start?

None of these statements will lead you to success. They are not specific, do not have time constraints or include accountability, and are very overwhelming. Without a consistent action plan to implement, they’re total lip service.

Instead, identify long-term goals you have for yourself, then break those down into smaller goals. What are the steps you have to take to meet those smaller goals? Then, find an accountability partner. For many of us, that is a coach or a loved one. Either way, someone who will check in with you and your action steps.

Whether you made a resolution, kept it, or just feel like you’re floundering, ask yourself if you’ve truly set yourself up for success or failure?

It doesn’t matter what day of the year it is if you TRULY want to make a change. Now go get a plan and start working it.

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