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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail Miserably
Here we are in 2015, the new year! It has become an annual right of passage for most to make the proverbial New Year’s resolutions. Most certainly an admirable homage to new beginnings and a new year but mostly ineffective and doomed to failure. Why? Because resolutions are built on the faulty foundation of what we think we should do. Is that so bad? Not necessarily but truth be told none of us, not one, will ever make a lasting change until we want to do something.
New year’s resolutions are typically built on expectations; others, society’s and even our employer’s. This unspoken pressure to perform is a poor motivator for lasting change. For any of us to make and actually keep a resolution we must first want it, and want it badly. For example, a well-meaning spouse may nag their mate that they need to lose weight, exercise or stop smoking. Sure one may adopt these new behaviors for the short term but most likely will fall of the wagon within weeks. Want proof? Go to your local park with a running trail tomorrow and you will see a mass of new faces out there running, panting, walking. Now go back in February and you will most likely not see any of the new fitness fanatics from January. Why? It was a resolution, not a deep-seeded desire on the individual’s part…
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