Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail



It’s January 1st, the beginning of a New Year – the time when millions of resolutions are made. Every year people make resolutions. One of the most benefited institutions of these resolutions are gyms. Every January, gym memberships go up. People sign up for the whole year as they get excited about their new resolution. Gyms get the year’s fee, and more than half the members stop showing up by the end of the month.

It’s not just the fitness resolutions that suffer this fate. This scenario can be applied to almost every type of resolution.

Why do New Year’s resolutions fail? And if they keep failing so spectacularly, why do we insist on making a new resolution every year? 

The answer lies in our psychology. When we make a resolution, we are making a decision. Making a decision gives you a sense of control. It gives you an emotional rush for doing something positive, making a change, taking a stand. This euphoric feeling is what entices us to keep making resolutions.

The resolutions fail because we then fail to take action that will keep giving us that euphoric feeling. Once the decision is made, the high of it can last from a few hours to a few days, depending on the importance of that decision. But then the high fades away, because taking action becomes a chore. You might try hard for a few days, but then there is no progress  to see, and so the resolution is slowly forgotten. 

Another reason the resolutions fail is because they are spur-of-the-moment ideas. If you make a resolution because your friends are doing it, or because it’s fashionable, then you are unlikely to keep it. A resolution should be a change you truly you want in life, or something you want to achieve. It should be suitable for you, for your lifestyle, and for your aspirations. If you make a resolutions with these considerations then you are more likely to succeed. 

For many people, just the simple of act of deciding goals can be overwhelming. But even if you have solid goals, it is then hard to decide how to go about completing them. That’s where EPIC 2014 course can help. In this two weeks course, you will find step-by-step guidance, and you will learn how to come up with right goals, and then how to create action plans that will assist you in completing those goals. EPIC 2014 course starts on January 15th. Register today, and get your new year started with a very productive BANG!