Why Bother with New Years Resolutions When You Are Most Likely Going to Quit

Why bother with New Years resolutions? Last year 92% of Americans failed to achieve their resolutions – a failure rate that should not be a surprise since 71% of us abandon our resolutions within the first two weeks of the new year.

So, 71% of us can celebrate “Ditch New Years Resolutions Day!” Yes, January 17, 2015 has been officially identified as the day to celebrate abandoning our New Years resolutions, and slipping back into life as we know it.

Five years from now, if your life is pretty much the same as it is today, will you be satisfied?

We don’t start out thinking we are going to quit. First we ring in the New Year and wake up on January 1, well maybe January 2, with new resolve to pursue resolutions that would make this year one to remember. We are excited, energized and motivated to pursue life-changing, life-enhancing, and life-impacting resolutions.

Our resolutions are directed towards positive personal inflection points – an event or experience along the path of life that grabs our attention, and profoundly impacts or changes our life.

A study by the University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology identified the intent of our resolutions would certainly create positive personal inflection points.

  • 47% – self-improvement and education.
  • 38% – personal health; diet, fitness, and weight.
  • 35% – financial health; saving, and debt reduction,
  • 31% – relationships; find love, improve relationships, and end relationships.

We turn the calendar to the new year focused on losing weight, getting organized, spending less, saving more, enjoying our life more, building new skills, acquiring new knowledge, quitting bad habits, volunteering more, pursuing life-long dreams, falling in love, and spending more time with our families.

But let’s not call resolutions goals. Giving up on a resolution is expected – abandoning a goal sounds more like we failed. None of us want to commit to failing. At least not up front. But surprise only 52% of people who set resolutions enter the year confident of success. Very simply, a majority of us will abandon the greatest desires of our hearts without much of a fight.

So, let me ask you the question again. Five years from now, if your life is pretty much the same as it is today, will you be satisfied? Will you have had the impact you envisioned in the most important roles in your life? Would you have made contributions to a legacy the people you care most about would talk about?

“For if you are breathing, then you are still alive. And if you are still alive, that means you haven’t accomplished what you were placed on earth to do.” 

I’d like to help you make this the year, a great year, a breakthrough year, a year of impact, a year filled with positive personal inflection points. Here are three action steps to get started.

  1. Rekindle and awaken your dreams. Set aside a little time and write them down. Do it now, people who make their goal commitments at the beginning of the year are 10 times more likely to achieve their goal than making a commitment at any other time of the year.
  2. Build a plan to make this “Your Best Year Ever.”
    • I have worked with a lot of people in the last year and nearly everyone asked the same question, “Is there a place I can get started that is simple and easy?” I can’t promise complete simplicity, but I can get you headed in the right direction.
    • “Your Best Year Ever” will result in a great plan in just 6 steps and in just 60 minutes
    • You will identify what is truly important, identify goals that support your most important roles and relationships, and I’ll give you a tip that research showed increased goal achievement by 63%.
  3. Check out this fun “White Board Lecture” by Dr. Mike Evans on New Years Resolutions. It is less than 6 minutes, informative, and entertaining.

Every year is filled with personal inflections points. We won’t get to choose them all, but we can be purposeful in building a personal plan that reflects who and what is most important in our lives.

Five years from now, if your life is pretty much the same as it is today, will you be satisfied?

New Years resolutions don’t work. What does work is turning the ritual of resolutions into a meaning goals and a personal plan you can execute. Start with these three steps and you will be on your way to your best year ever!

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