Why Your New Year’s Resolution Usually Fail

Making a new year’s resolution is simply a waste of time.

New Year’s Resolution

No matter how good your plans for this year, it is more likely that you don’t realize them. Your goals will simply vanish into the thin air. And you’ll never think them again.

Generally, about eighty percent of people failed to meet their goals in any given year. Most of those goals include better health, financial success, etc.

In a study in 2016 published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that 55% of new year’s resolutions pertain to health. Only 20% is related to financial success.

What makes it hard to stick to a new year’s resolution? Is there something that blocks us all from achieving our goals?

Some researchers decided to find the clue. A study conducted by Kaitlin Woolley and Ayelet Fishback found that both passion and significance play a role in goal achievement.

But the authors believe that passion is stronger than the importance of the undertaking. In other words, if you set an important goal to achieve something you don’t personally love doing, it is likely that you fail.

The problem with most people is that they try to do what others are doing. As a result, they end up pursuing something they don’t want to do.

This is a problem because some goals are too hard to meet. If you don’t love what you do, you’ll easily get disappointed. This is the point where most people quit.

Your mind does not like frustrations. It always wants to see a positive result in every endeavor. This is the reason why rewards work pretty well. But what if there’s no reward? What if you’re not seeing any positive result from what you do?

Because new year’s resolutions are hard to meet, most of them fail. So if you don’t feel joy on something, don’t pursue it. Follow your heart instead.

Personally, I don’t make a new year’s resolution. I just do what I love to do and commit to it. What I found is that, if you do what you enjoy doing, failure can’t stop you.

When I started a blog, I wasn’t getting any positive result in its first few months. Only a few people read my post. I was happy and felt lucky if 10 people viewed my posts. It was frustrating. But I never gave up. First, because writing is my passion. And second, because I am committed to what I’m doing.

One year later, I’ve reached 300+ articles published on this blog. Guess what, the number of people visiting my blog increases every day. Last month, this blog hit 50,000 views.

A new year’s resolution has nothing to do with this. It’s just a combination of passion and commitment.
If you want to achieve something, make sure that you want to do it. Perseverance will manifest next.

Psychology

I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.

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