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Setting Yourself Up to Reach Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again when you contemplate on the past. As you review your plans and goals for the coming new year, a realization struck you. Someway, somehow, you forgot all about last year’s new year resolution. So, what makes this year different?

First of all, let’s understand what a resolution is. By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Did you commit yourself to do and not to do something? Was it a simple yes to this, no to that?

Perhaps that explains why 8 out of 10 people fail to sustain their resolution throughout the year. In other estimates, the failure rate is as high as 9 out of 10.

There are two ways you can look at this depending on your mindset.

Positive. There are 10 to 20 percent chance that you will succeed in keeping with your new year resolution.

Negative. There are 80 to 90 percent chance that you will fail in keeping with your new year resolution.

The reason why I am bringing up the positive and negative way of seeing the same thing is because it plays a role.

Let me put it this way.

Goals can be easy, moderate, hard, or difficult.

A positive mindset conditions your mind to focus on succeeding. By focusing on the chances of success, you use that to fuel your desire to succeed.

But when you start with a negative mindset, whatever the difficulty level of a goal worsens. Instead of conditioning your mind to work on your goal, you find reasons why the goal is difficult.

In other words, a negative mindset is a factory manufacturing all kinds of excuses. All you have to do is pick one reason why you failed before even failing.

The Importance of Setting a New Year Resolution

In times of difficulty, you sometimes tell yourself that better times are coming. Blessed are you if you have family or friends dispensing the same advice. And that is because you have a support system. For that, you should be grateful.

After a rough day, you look forward to a brand-new day, a better day. And that is good because you have hope.

A new year resolution is like that too. It sets the tone for the whole year.

Think of a new year resolution as a long-term goal. And more important than having one, it is succeeding in keeping one.

Come to think of it. You do have all those grand plans and designs for a better life. But can you achieve your dreams if you cannot keep up with only a year of resolution?

The reason why we look at the past year and beyond is to see where we were and where we want to go to.

Life is a journey that never stops. It’s just a matter of picking the destination. And wherever your destination is, there could be one or more paths you could take.

But what is it that keeps you on the right path?

For most people, a new year resolution is a destination. For example, you may wish for better health or financial stability. Those are great resolutions.

And as great as they are, why do a lot of people stumble? If the new year resolution is important, then why is it that up to 9 out of 10 people fail to keep up with it?

Could it be it’s because a lot of people focused on the wrong new year resolution?

It’s the Attitude

Let’s say you set a new year resolution to wake up early in the morning. For you to set waking up early as a resolution means you are a habitual late sleeper.

And so, at the beginning of the year, that is what you do. At exactly 6am on January 1, you are up. Never mind the fact that you slept hours after celebrating New Year’s Eve.

So, for the next several days, that is what you tried to do. And to help you do just that, you set up the alarm on all devices you own.

Can you keep it up for one year and beyond?

Let me tell you how the 1 or 2 out of 10 would do it.

Setting an alarm is the right thing to do. But beyond that, they would make a commitment to sleep earlier. And if they have issues with sleeping, then they would seek medical help.

In other words, they will remove the reasons why they sleep late.

A new year resolution is about change. How can you change something without addressing the cause?

It’s in the Planning

A lot of people would like to have a better lifestyle or financial status. Again, those are great long-term goals or destination.

So, which road should you take?

The roads, in this case, are the different things you can or need to do. For you to succeed in your long-term goals, you need to have a full understanding.

Failure to plan is planning to fail.

So, once you have a full understanding of your destination, it’s time to create a set of actions. These are the things you do throughout the year.

Let me try to explain this idea by giving you an example.

Let’s say you want to lose 35 lbs in the new year. Do you understand the science behind weight loss? Have you thought of the type of weight management you will use? Do you realize the things you need to do in order for you to achieve your goal? Have you created a timetable for you to follow?

Since I have chosen weight loss as a sample, know that you are not to lose more than 4 lbs every week. Losing more may increase the risk of health concerns in the future.

Losing 35 lbs in one year is like losing 0.7 to 0.8 lbs every week for the whole year. At 4.4 lbs per week, it would take 8 weeks or 2 months only. Small and manageable goals leads to achieving a long-term (or complex) goal.

So, planning is important, as well as knowing the actions that you need to take. Breaking down a year of goal into small parts makes it easier to achieve.

Can You Keep Up with Your New Year Resolution?

It depends on how committed you are. It takes an incredible amount of willpower to sustain your new year resolution.

But in this post, what I have shown you is another way to look at keeping up with your new year resolution.

Sure, you need to focus and act on the thing you need to do. But before you do that, adopt the positive attitude first and focus on habits.

Because the right habits make the commitment become routine.

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Robert Lee
Staff Writer: Robert U. Lee is a proud father, one of USANA Health Sciences' top directors, ELITE Trainer of XTRM 1-11 and the creator of Amazing Life Daily.

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Staff Writer: Robert U. Lee is a proud father, one of USANA Health Sciences' top directors, ELITE Trainer of XTRM 1-11 and the creator of Amazing Life Daily.


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    Amelia March 9, 2017 2:14 am Reply
  • It is all about the attitude. With a positive attitude toward change and toward anything else you can reach everything. Actually I am not a huge fan of new years resolutions, however I keep setting one for myself. But thats not all. I set myself resolutions on at least a weekly level in order to constantly improve. Life is a constant process of learning and I try to change things in my life regularly. Stop certain habits, being truly motivated and engaged in something and make the most out of every single day.

    Andre January 11, 2017 8:59 pm Reply
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      Alla March 9, 2017 2:08 am Reply
  • Robert, thank you for bringing this up. I was thinking about this for a couple of months now. About the reasons why some people fail and others succeed. And I realized that they fail because they quit. Very often people set really big goals and expect that this achievement will just happen. But the big victories always consist of thousands of small ones. This is the key to success.

    Veronica January 3, 2017 1:14 pm Reply
  • I do have “resolutions” but instead of calling them that, I just call them “goals.” Sometimes, I can keep up with them, and sometimes, I can’t. I guess there’s less pressure that way! But you are right that it’s all in the planning and the attitude. If you really want something, you will do whatever you can to achieve those resolutions or goals. You mentioned removing the reasons for sleeping late… I really should start doing that!

    Nadine Smith (Scenes From Nadine) January 2, 2017 4:48 pm Reply
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      Nikki March 9, 2017 2:29 am Reply
  • When I was younger I always make a list of New Year’s resolutions now I make bucket list of what I want to do. I agree with you when you say “resolution is about change”. It is the core of every decision to become better. Planning as well as positive attitude are other major factors that come with the purpose of gaining more success in everything we do. Great post! More power!

    Eleanor Llabore January 2, 2017 12:33 pm Reply
  • I hope that you achieve all your goals for 2017. I was pretty good in keeping my goals for 2016 and I am hoping to achieve the same for 2017. Cheers to us.

    Kathy Ngo January 2, 2017 8:29 am Reply
  • I have never made a new year’s resolution. I appreciate this post though. You are right. Planning is really important! Anyway,i always plan so i guess everyday is like new year for me listing my resolution. Haha

    Aika January 2, 2017 4:31 am Reply
  • Wow, whenever I read an article about new years resolutions, I perpetually feel like this is not my thing because all my life I don’t do and have not tried to pen something in my book and write something about my resolutions. I normally just take things as it is whatever happened during the entire year. Yes, I have goals to achieve, but that’s entirely depend on my situation sometimes. Anyway, I like this thought though, maybe this would be the right time to try making a new year resolution.

    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits January 2, 2017 3:11 am Reply
  • I agree! I used to have several resolutions and goals. But recently I learned how to be more realistic and see that my goals are more attainable that way. At work, goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound). I guess it also applied in having NY resolutions so that those will not just be up in the air during the year. However, I have also learned that setting new goals and resolutions do not only mean doing it during new year. Every moment is a goodchance to do it with the proper mind and heart for it. It is also god to have several checkpoints along the way to monitor progress.

    cieri of thewonderfulkind January 2, 2017 1:39 am Reply
  • I once read it takes 21 days to change a habit and create new ones. I think this is true for the most part, I never actually make New Years Resolutions, they end up being to broad or to many, the problem I think is that we get discouraged by making to many resolutions. I have goals for each year that I set month by month and 1 at a time so that I can focus on it.

    Jimmy and Tina January 1, 2017 5:19 pm Reply
  • There was a time when I used to do resolutions, but stopped at some point in my grown-up years. I stopped because I felt that resolutions are time-bound, but that’s just me. What matters to me now if how I’m going to work towards my goals. Each year, I continue to commit to them and the best way to do it is to have a solid plan and to take action. I may be thrown off track a few times for things that I can’t control, but as long as I know that these are all temporary setbacks, I should be able to continue and finish anything that I started.

    Also, I can’t stress enough on the importance of having a positive attitude ( totally agree with you ). I believe that we attract what we want so there should be no room for a negative attitude in our lives.

    R U S S January 1, 2017 3:55 pm Reply
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      Eve March 9, 2017 2:07 am Reply
  • I never really make New Year’s Resolution. Simply because a new year doesn’t mean ‘a new beginning’ for me. It’s not that everything changes in a new year. Or that things are more or less likely to happen. I do set goals, or make a resolution to change something. But I can do that on any date. I wanted to improve my stamina. So I took a subscription to a fitness centre. In October. I do agree with you: It’s important that, if you set goals, you know some background. Why do you want to change it and how can you do it. Make a plan.

    Carola January 1, 2017 2:42 pm Reply
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      Kiana March 9, 2017 2:08 am Reply
  • Totally agree! It is so hard to keep up with the resolutions you set as your target! I did not know the reason for that but after reading your post I realise the simpicity of the answer! I had tried some years ago to lose weight but as I had no plan for that I could not do it!
    Thnks for the article! I will share it as I found it really nice!

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      Melissa March 9, 2017 2:27 am Reply

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