Why new year resolutions fail

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    Why new year resolutions fail

  • 1 People don't follow up

    Many people mistakenly think that the process of goal setting happens in one session. Proper goal setting involves following up with the goals that were set every now and then. People who don't follow up with their goals usually lose momentum and stop.

  • 2 Writing unsustainable goals

    Many people write goals that involve unsustainable habits such as extreme diets or running for so many hours a day. As the person realizes that their habits were unsustainable, they stop.

  • 3 Underestimating the difficulty of goals

    As a result of the atmosphere of optimism, many people underestimate the difficulty of goals, and as a result, set unrealistic ones. Shortly, those people lose hope and stop trying.

  • 4 The person is not ready for the goals

    Because people set goals at a specific time, which is the new year, many of them set goals that they are not yet ready for. Shortly, the person realizes that this was the wrong time for the goal and they stop pursuing them.

  • 5 Social support ends

    A few weeks after a person sets their new year resolutions, they find that the ones who were giving them support, or pressuring them to set goals, have already stopped pursuing their own goals. As a result, many people lose motivation and stop. See what causes lack of motivation.


  • 6 General lack of commitment

    Many people have problems committing to their goals. When those people set new year resolutions they get excited for a while but shortly their original habits take over and they stop pursuing those goals.

  • 7 Setting too many goals

    So many people get excited while writing their new year resolutions. As a result, those people might set so many goals. When a person realizes that they set impossible goals they lose hope and stop pursuing them.

  • 8 People follow crowds

    Many people set new year resolutions as a result of peer pressure and not because they have a need to follow those goals. Shortly, those people find no reason to continue following their goals.

  • 9 Unrealistic expectations

    Many people set unrealistic goals for the new year motivated by the atmosphere of hope. Shortly, people lose their motivation after they realize that their goals were not realistic.

  • 10 The goals were not measurable

    Many people set goals that can't be measured such 'I want to be healthier' or 'I want to be more successful'. When a person fails to measure their progress, they shortly lose hope. See why goals should be measurable.


  • 11 Excitement goes away

    So many people get motivated to set goals and to plan for the new year as a result of the exciting and hopeful atmosphere. As the excitement fades, only those who were true to themselves stick to their goals.

  • 12 People choose goals they don't believe in

    Many people choose goals that they don't truly believe in just because others are choosing similar ones. So many people set life and career goals just to be like others who set similar goals without having real connection with those goals.

  • 13 Loss of hope

    As a person progresses in the new year and finds that their goals are far from being reached, they lose hope and stop trying. Psychologists suggest dividing the goals into smaller milestones to solve this problem.

  • 14 People set goals because they have to

    Many people feel obligated to set goals for the new year because it's a habit that they have learned. As a result, many people set goals that they don't really want to pursue. This mistake leads to lack of commitment a few weeks or months later.