6 Reasons Why Your New Year Resolutions Will Fail

No need for an intro, we’ve all been there before, so let’s get started:

1- You’ve Set Unrealistic Goals

According to a study published on PubMed, ‘Adherence to an exercise prescription scheme: the role of expectations, self-efficacy, stage of change and psychological well-being.’, it is imperative you set the resolutions just above what’s attainable, so that you can achieve your goals with some level of pushing.

2- You Forgot That It Is Hard Work

At the end of the year, we become so optimistic and set goals that we know need hard work to achieve. When the time comes to execute, that optimism is not there anymore to push us through. This results in going back to our old habits.new year resolution dog

3- That List Is Too Long Dude

Have you heard of the dilution effect? The longer your list of resolutions is, the less chance you have of completing any of the tasks on the list. Make short term plans, even weekly if possible. Achieving goals should be sprints and not marathons. This is why I prefer planning throughout the year over end-of-year resolutions.

4- You’ve Set Generic Goals

How many of us dot down ‘Lose Weight’ as a goal we want to achieve? You will achieve more by changing that to something like: ‘Lose 250 grams a week for 12 weeks by exercising in the morning and eating no sugar’.

5- You Are the Lone Ranger

Even the Lone Ranger never went at it alone; he had Tonto on his side. Have you ever wondered why most if not all superheroes have sidekicks. I mean these are guys with superpowers right? Involve anybody and everybody you can. Update them on your progress; social media is a good way of doing it. Just don’t post pics of your naked behind; no one really likes that :(.

6- You Don’t Truly Know Why You Make Resolutions Every Year

Are you just following the trend? Are you trying to make yourself feel better for what you didn’t achieve the previous year? Find out the reason behind your resolutions. Ask ‘ the why question‘.  I would recommend you read: ‘Why We Make Resolutions (and Why They Fail), by Maria Konnikova.

If you feel you have committed some of the above atrocities, repent now or forever burn in….

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OK that’s a little bit over the top.  If you have made resolutions for 2016, it is all positive. Just remember that you need to do the hard work now. Go back to the drawing board if you feel this blog post speaks to you. Here is a tool that may help you organize your goals and help you achieve them:


Let us know about your resolutions and how you plan to succeed. Leave us a comment below.


14 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why Your New Year Resolutions Will Fail

  1. I’m trying to lose 25 lbs through weight watchers and exercise. Also, have a booklist of forty kinds of books I wNt to get through but we’ll see about that.

    • Hi Mandi,

      Good initiative. Just don’t overwhelm yourself with too much information. Find out what works for you and stick with it. Thank you for your comment and good luck with losing weight.

    • Have you tried following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? I’m not just saying this because I’m an animal activist, it really is a true way to drop the weight fast..just google it. Fasting can help as well and is considered healthy in moderation.

      • Lol. I don’t think I could do it Stacey I’m sorry. I like chicken and medium rare steak a few times in the summer. I like the products that come from animals specifically milk and a little cheese now and then. It is enough to restrict my diet this way. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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