Why New Year’s Resolutions fail
Why you probably already have forgotten about your New Year’s resolutions
It’s not just your impression that New Years resolutions almost never last. Less than 10% of them are kept until the end of the following year, according to the American research institute Statistic Brain. But why?!?!?! Find out in this article the main reasons that are preventing you from achieving your goals.
New Year’s resolutions started with the left foot
Have you ever noticed that a lot of promises are actually “re-promises”? That is, they are things that we proposed to do in 2019, tried, gave up for some reason — probably a very valid but already forgotten one — and we think that, by some miracle, it is enough to change the wall calendar from 2019 to 2020 for there to be enough willpower to do it differently this time.
Do you know what this kind of behaviour looks like to me? Like madness. Because it’s nothing more than doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So ask yourself: what has changed this time to make the fulfillment of my promise more likely this time?
The power of habit
The brain is an efficient machine. Following habits is much easier (as it demands much less mental energy) than doing something new. However, it is not impossible to change habits.
Promises = instant gratification
Another thing I have never stopped to think about before is that it is much more rewarding to talk about our New Year’s resolutions than to really strive to achieve them.
This is a flaw in our society as such: we have a lot of people who say “wow” the moment we announce our resolutions, like “in 2020, I’m going to go vegan”, but no one to support us through the process of implementing and keeping them. What’s worse: if anyone asked if we were able to keep our New Year’s resolutions, most of us would react with shame.
So it’s important to have empathy for yourself: just because you’ve given in to temptation or laziness once in a while, you don’t have to give up for good!
In a nutshell
In order not to have to postpone your New Year’s resolutions to 2021, it is important to:
- have a different motivation
- make them a habit
- not to be satisfied with just announcing them in front of your friends
- have empathy for yourself and not give up 🙂
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