Why 92% Of New Year’s Resolutions Fail
Statistic Brain did an interesting study that revealed that less than 8% of people who have New Year’s resolutions actually accomplish them. Why is that? Well, you are about to find out. After reading this three minute article you will know exactly how to set your New Year’s resolutions so that you actually accomplish your New Year resolutions. Let’s begin.
Why Do New Year’s Resolutions Fail?
First and foremost, let’s get something straight. Goals and New Year’s resolutions do not fail, it’s the person it takes to achieve the goal who does. Your goals are only as effective as you make them out to be. They will not and cannot excite you if you do not first excite yourself. Your goals will not and cannot challenge you if you do not first take the time to challenge yourself. Your goals and your New Year’s resolutions cannot solely lead you to success—yes, they can offer assistance along the way, they can act as your guide, but ultimately, your success is determined by you. With that being said, however, we do tend to make a number of mistakes when setting New Year’s resolutions; two of them being when we set them they are too low and are not at all specific.
Most people set their New Year’s resolutions as a “I want this” or “I want that.” With no detail, no explanation, and no inspiration. Your brain quite literally doesn’t know what to do with this information. This is exactly what you do NOT want to do. There are many reasons for this. The first reason is this is not at all specific and has no timeframe. When you have no timeframe you’ll have no urgency. When you are not specific you mind doesn’t know what you are going after and gets confused. With so many things going on in everyday life you need to know what is a priority and what is not.
Accomplish Your New Year Resolutions
Many people will write a resolution to “get in shape” or “get fit.” What does that even mean? That is general and means something different to every single person on this planet. What get fit means to me and what get fit means to you are two totally different things. Each contain a different meaning. Give your mind something it can chase and something it can be excited about. For example, instead of saying “get fit” or “get in shape,” say, “I weight 170 pounds, I feel better then I have ever felt, I have a well-defined six pack, and I have stayed consistent and gone to the gym 4 days a week for the past year.”
The New Year resolution that you just read above is written in the present and personal tense, is specific, and allows your mind to understand what you are going after. All goals, all New Year resolutions should be written this way and all goals should inspire and excite all of your mind. Set your goals higher than you believe to be possible. Push yourself. Your job is to become the person it takes to achieve the goal, not accomplish the goal or resolution the moment it is set. Please reread that statement again. Your job is not to accomplish your goals or New Year resolutions the moment they are set. Your job, your obligation is to become the person it takes to achieve the goal. To become the best version of yourself.
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What does save more money even mean? 1 penny more? $100 more? $1,000 more? I hope you are starting to see, you have to be able to define it. Make your goals, make your resolutions specific, measurable, inspirational, write them down, and be sure to excite your mind, body, and spirit. Furthermore, instead of saying, “save more money,” how about you create a written, exciting, measurable goal to make more money? Give your mind a problem to think about and it will come up with the answer. Don’t limit yourself, you are capable of more than you know.
All goals and New Year’s resolutions should contain, be, or do the following:
- Written in the present and personal tense
- Contain a why (a reason to push through hard moments)
Push yourself, excite your mind and give it something it can measure. “Get fit,” or “save money,” doesn’t mean anything. If you want to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions make sure you take the time to set them properly. Taking the time to figure out what you want and writing out a well-formulated goal is just as if not more important than figuring out a way to get it. For more information on this topic you can check out our other articles on this subject or read Art Of The Goal which I believe is the most detailed book on goal setting ever written.
Sources Haas, Tanner Art of the Goal 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
Good New Year resolutions are resolutions that clear, concise, specific, inspirational, and measurable. Whether that be getting into a relationship, losing weight, making more money, making more time for yourself, whatever. You need to make sure your New Year resolutions follow a specific criteria that allow your mind the opportunity to devise a plan to get it.
The most common New Year resolutions include:
Learn a new skill or hobby
Live life to the fullest
Save more money
Spend less money
Spend more time with family
The reason we are said to make resolutions stems from Julius Caesar starting the tradition as a way to honor the Roman mythical God Janus, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the previous year while simultaneously looking forward to the New Year.
The current and most popular way we set our New Year resolutions are not good nor is the method successful. Your goals and New Year resolutions are only as effective as you make them out to be. For that reason only 8% of people who set New Year resolutions actually accomplish them.
Everyone should have goals and every should make New Year resolutions. There is a saying in life, “If you’re not growing you’re dying.” Each day you want to be improving yourself and your life. Properly written New Year resolutions are an excellent way to accomplish that.