Why Your New Years Resolution Will Fail

Why Your New Years Resolution Will Fail

new-years-resolutionA new year is upon us and just like always, new years resolutions and goals are popping up all over the place. We say things like:

This is my year!” – “I will become happier, healthier, and wealthier!” – “I will live my dreams, get that raise, and finally lose weight!

Unfortunately, statistics show that 4 out of 5 people simply give up on their New Years resolutions. The year is new, but you are the same person.

If you really want to make 2013 a year to remember and finally achieve the goals you set for yourself, then you’re going to want to pay very close attention to this post.

Are New Years Resolutions Useless?

Not at all – on the contrary I believe they can be a positive thing and are quite useful! I’m a big fan of setting goals and then making those goals known so that we can be held accountable.

New years resolutions are different, however, in that there’s a stigmatic expectation of failure attached to them. We crack jokes and even poke fun at our so-called ‘New Years Resolutions‘.

This type of failure-based programming into our subconscious mind ultimately molds and shapes our actions, our habits, and our beliefs.

So Why Do New Years Resolutions Fail?

Here’s the problem…

We fail because we are expected to. We don’t live up to the expectations we set for ourselves and in turn we use every excuse in the book – the main ones being:

I don’t have the time…

I don’t have the money…

I don’t have the right skills…

At the end of the day, we can look for solutions or we can look for excuses – but we can’t look for both.

Practical Help With Your New Years Resolutions

I recently read on Forbes that one of the root causes of failure, not only with New Years resolutions but in general, is a “national mood of entrenched cynicism”. It seems that since the 1960’s, it has been intellectually cool to be pessimistic and negative.

Here are some practical steps to help you become more effective in your New Years resolutions and for making 2013 a better year!

Step 1: Be honest with yourself
This is the most crucial and important step! Problems cannot be solved unless they are first identified. Many times, other people tell us what we want to hear instead of what we need to hear in order to grow. Personally, I’d rather be confronted with the truth instead of being comforted by a lie. We must be honest with ourselves just as we should want others to be honest with us. If we can’t be brutally honest with ourselves and take full and complete responsibility for where we are in life, then it doesn’t matter what we do moving forward, we will fail every time.

New Years ResolutionsStep 2: Invest in yourself
Jim Rohn once said “Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune.” Let’s not treat symptoms; Let’s get to the root of the problem. From the time we were little bitty, we have been taught what to think, not how to think. If we are going to see permanent results and increase our level of success with our New Years resolutions for 2013, then we are going to have to invest in ourselves and change our mindsets – there’s just no way around it. Our minds our like file cabinets and we can’t pull out files that don’t exist. If you find yourself disagreeing with this, then I would ask you to consider spending more time at Step 1.

Step 3: Manage your expectations
If our goals are too low, then we’ll never realize the true potential inside of us. If our goals are too high, then we’ll live in a constant stream of disappointment. Most people agree that it’s very important to set a very realistic goal that can be achieved – so we need to manage our goals accordingly. Zig Ziglar once said, “Go as far as you can see and when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” Maybe you can’t see losing 100 lbs, earning that extra $1000 per month, or quitting smoking. That’s okay! No one is successful over night so stop beating yourself up over past failures. The past is the past and while we must learn from it, we must focus on TODAY.

Success Begins With You!

Just a recap of what you will need to do in order to increase your chances of success with your New Year’s resolutions:

1. Be honest with yourself
2. Invest in yourself
3. Manage your expectations

Right now, 2013 is a blank page. It makes no difference your past successes or failures, whether you grew up rich or poor, the color of your skin, or what others have said about you. This is YOUR success story, and what you do today will determine the kind of ending your story will have.


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Just a decade ago in 2002, Leigh was a broke unemployed skeptic living in his car and bumming showers off of any friends that would let him over to clean up. Fast forward several years later, Leigh has seen success by building 2 successful traditional businesses of his own as well as obtaining leadership positions in 2 network marketing companies. With simplistic and practical application, Leigh mentors others on the true value of Attraction Marketing and teaches people exactly how to succeed in their business. Connect with Leigh on Facebook or . If you'd like to know more about how Leigh can help you build your business, then contact Leigh by Clicking Here

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