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Why New Year's Resolutions Suck

Every single year millions of people start the New Year with high hopes of finally achieving their resolutions. For some reason, they’re actually going to accomplish them because this year is going to be different.New Years Resolutions 3

They’re not going about it any different from previous years, but for some reason this year they’re finally going to be able to check that resolution off the list. I feel like this is the exact definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

But so many people still go through the same ritual every single year just to have their resolutions go up in smoke within weeks and oftentimes days. So why do we keep doing the same thing every year when I’ve clearly proven that New Year’s resolutions straight up suck?

Is it because we forgot about what happened 12 months prior? Is it because that’s what the media is talking about so we feel we should do it as well? Maybe we just think it’s the right thing to do this time of year.

According to Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and Harvard Business School professor, these resolutions could be doing more harm than good. “The problem is simple: We’re setting ourselves up for failure…and failure isn’t a very good motivator” (Huffington Post).

“People are making absolute statements about what they’re going to do, and that’s setting them up for failure immediately,” Cuddy told Business Insider, “because they’re not always going to go to the gym three times a week.”

In other words, we’re putting the cart before the horse. We should be treating our grandiose resolutions like a marathon, not a sprint. Losing 25lbs isn’t going to happen in a month. Getting into better shape isn’t even a resolution because that could mean a million things.

You have to be very specific about what it is you want to do and then determine the baby steps in order to get there. Accomplishing a large goal is a process and takes time. I know we live in a “right here, right now” society, but things simply take time to accomplish.

People don’t lose 25lbs or “get into better shape” overnight. However, we think we should be able to complete huge resolutions in a matter of weeks. And, if we don’t achieve them ASAP then their considered a failure.

Anyone who has ever completed a resolution faced plenty of obstacles and even failures along the way. But, they kept going because they could see the forest for the trees. So many people just give up when they hit a small roadblock.

Well, guess what? That’s completely normal. Those who persevere are the ones that achieve their goals. It’s not easy but it can be done.

So, yes, New Year’s Resolutions do suck, but you have to take a different mindset than you’ve been taking in the past. You have to form the right habits that will lead to the accomplishment of those resolutions.

How do you form those habits? Stay tuned for next week’s blog, Screw the New Year’s Resolutions, Just Form One Good Habit, where we will teach you how to form those good habits that lead to success.

With that said, have an incredible 2017 and good luck with those resolutions…HA!

This is a post from Clint Haynes, a Certified Financial Planner®® in Lee’s Summit, MO. He is also founder and owner of NextGen Wealth. You can learn more about Clint at the website NextGen Wealth.
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