Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work

As 2024 kicks in countless individuals have embarked on the ritualistic journey of setting New Year's resolutions

Why New Year’s resolutions don’t work

However, statistics paint a bleak picture – a large majority of these resolutions are abandoned within the first few weeks. In fact, according to Times Magazine, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. 

The pitfall? Setting goals for the sake of tradition. One of the primary reasons New Year’s resolutions falter is the lack of a strong, intrinsic purpose behind the goals. Many individuals yield to societal pressure or tradition, setting resolutions because it’s the expected ‘norm’ rather than a deep desire for personal growth. Without a compelling reason to pursue these goals, motivation fades, and the likelihood of success diminishes. In other words, without a strong purpose you will not be able to get out of bed on the days when it gets tough, and you won’t make it over the first hurdle that life places in your way because, “what’s the point anyway?” 

As a motivational speaker and best-selling personal development author, I want to help you flip the script and get what you want this year. That is why I have mapped out 4 main steps to help you achieve more when setting goals this year:

Identify your ‘Why’

Before embarking on the journey of goal setting, take the time to reflect on what truly motivates you. Ask yourself why a particular goal is significant to you. If you want to join the gym, why is that? Understanding the deeper purpose behind your aspirations will fuel your determination and resilience when faced with challenges.

Break down goals into manageable steps

Large, vague goals can be overwhelming and ultimately, demotivating. Break them down into smaller, more manageable steps and put a time frame on these to keep you on track. Each achievement, no matter how modest, contributes to the overall success of the larger goal, fostering a sense of constant accomplishment and progress, leaving you feeling satisfied and motivated.

Create a vision board

Visualisation is a potent tool for goal achievement. Craft a visual representation of your goals through a vision board, incorporating images, quotes, and symbols that help you to visualise where you want to be and how to get there. Regularly revisit your vision board and amend where necessary to reinforce your commitment.

Establish a support system

Share your goals with a trusted circle of friends, family, or mentors. Their encouragement and accountability can be instrumental in maintaining focus and motivation. It means that you can celebrate milestones together and learn from setbacks as a community.

Taking the first step is quite often the hardest part of the journey – especially after Christmas, when you were probably more focussed on winding down with cheese and wine than setting new goals. Don’t let 2024 become another year of unfulfilled potential, make it memorable and take action towards your goals today.

Alison Edgar MBE
Alison Edgar MBE

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