Why I stopped setting New Year’s Resolutions?

Hello Beloved!!!! it is the start of a brand-new year and if you’re anything like the rest of us you are excited about what the new year will bring. Maybe you didn’t achieve all your goals in 2019 but 2020 brings another opportunity for you to give it a good ole college try.

According to a NY Post article only 8% of people achieve their goals; while 80% fail to keep their new year’s resolutions. With statistics like this why would anyone continue to set new year’s resolutions? It’s simple, people naturally want to do better and live better.

I myself have set many new year’s resolutions and achieved none of them. That’s right I admit I am in the 80% of people who have failed to keep their resolutions. What I’ve discovered over the years is the problem with resolutions is that they aren’t measurable. There aren't any action steps nor time lines to achieve them. This is a big mistake. For example, let’s take a look at some of the most popular new year’s resolutions and then we’ll discuss how to actually make them achievable.

Sample resolutions:

1. Lose weight

2. Save money

Here is how you turn your New Year’s Resolutions into goals that you can measure and track. See below:

Resolution #1: Lose weight change to a Goal

Goal #1: Lose 30 lbs

Timeline: Within 6 months

Action steps to achieve the goals (be very specific here)

· Go to the gym 3 times a week

· Remove fatty foods from my diet (ex French fries, ice cream)

· Prepare my meals in advance

· Write a grocery list before going to the store so I don’t pick up a lot of snacks

Resolution #2: Save money change to a Goal

Goal #2: Save $20,000

Action steps to achieve the goals (be very specific here)

· Timeline: Within 12 months

· Take my lunch four days a week and only eat out once a week

· Create a budget

· Cut off the cable

· Consolidate debt

Do you see the difference between the resolution and goals? Resolutions in most cases aren’t realistic because they don’t have any action, timelines or accountability behind them. It’s like throwing something up in the air and hoping it sticks. Goals on the other hand require you to think of ways to achieve them and within a specified timeframe. Because of this you are more likely to achieve the goals than you are the new year’s resolutions.

For additional help check out my 2020 goal planning checklist on my home page


Happy Goal Setting!