3 Ways to Fail to Keep a [New Year’s] Resolution


The new year is yet another opportunity to hit reset and resolve to do what you wished you had done last year. So why do so many of us utterly fail to keep our well intentioned New Year’s resolutions year after year?

3 reasons we fail:

1. We don’t get specific. Get healthy, get organized, spend less, etc. is never going to happen. If you want to achieve a goal, you have to get specific about the desired outcome. (For example, “finish a 5k, achieve InBox 0 at the end of each week, or spend no more than X on ‘incidentals’, or unbudgeted expenses, are examples of specific goals.)

2. We don’t build in accountability. There’s a reason professional athletes have trainers. They know how to work out but realize the importance of having accountability … someone to push them and ensure they don’t relent.

3. We don’t burn the bridges. If you really want to accomplish a goal, make sure there are real consequences if you fail (and a reward when you succeed). No turning back. You decided this is the year you are going to __________. Make it painful if you don’t do everything you can to achieve that goal.

Here’s to happy, healthy, and successful goal/resolution-setting!


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