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Why Most New Year’s Resolutions Fail

It is THAT time of the year again where everyone is creating their “New Year’s Resolutions”.

Things like …

  • I will quit smoking
  • I will lose weight
  • I will exercise
  • Blah, blah, blah

I am sorry to be the bearer of BAD news here, but, multiple long-term studies have shown that less than 8% of people setting these resolutions actually stick to them past January!

Why is it then that we can start off the new year with such great intentions to change things, and just end up falling flat on our face?

The problem here is twofold …

  1. The resolutions are not specific enough
  2. The resolutions have no deadlines

Let’s look at the 3 main examples I used above, and re-write them in a more constructive way …

I will quit smoking will be re-written to something like: I will quit smoking completely by 7 March 2016

I will lose weight will be re-written to something like: I will lose 20 pounds by 31 July 2016

I will exercise will be re-written to something like: I will exercise every week day at 6 am for at least 30 minutes

I also prefer to work with goals, rather than resolutions. Semantics I know! 😉

What I do is create 3 lists …

  • 10 Business Goals
  • 10 Personal Goals
  • A combined list of the top 10 overall goals

I then take that combined list and print it out, frame it, and hang it somewhere where I WILL see it EVERY day:

Richelo's 2016 Goals
Richelo’s 2016 Goals

There are whole books written about goal setting and achieving. I will be publishing more posts about this subject moving forward.

Seeing as 1 of my goals for 2016 is to write at least 3 blog posts per week on this blog, I have no choice but to DO IT! 😉

Now it’s your turn to share some goals in the comments section below, as well as any questions you may have … Over to YOU